The future is a terrible thing to waste. And yes, the future is unknown.
What is known is that: 1.) we are here today and 2.) how we act and what we focus on today that will potentially impact the future.
So, each of us has some choices about – how we act and what we focus on.
We face many challenges of:
poverty – local, regional and global,
thinking trough our interconnectedness and interdependence (our social responsibility) to improve sustainability – at the micro and macro levels,,
fast paced technological change leaving some far behind,
tapping and developing the potential of all young people through educational opportunity around the world, and
many more challenges.
Let’s ask ourselves: What kind of future do we want for our communities, our region our world? How much do we value the common good?
My answers can be summed up by this Gandhi quote: “I do not believe in the doctrine of the greatest good for the greatest number. The only real, dignified doctrine is the greatest good for all.”
As the United Nations encourages improvement in situations around the world it describes ‘development’ as meeting “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” – from the World Commission on Environment and Development’s (the Brundtland Commission) report Our Common Future (1987).
This thinking is consistent with the Great Law of the Iroquois Nation which is often quoted as: “In every deliberation, we must consider the impact on the seventh generation.”
Behaving in ways that respect the future and the common good is not a new idea.
I believe that for me and other persons living today, that there are real accessible ‘practices’ and ‘points of focus’ that do address issues of the common good. They may not be easy to discover or act on, yet how we act and what we focus on matters.
The future of our children and grand children, let alone the futures of generations yet to bone – these futures should be our motivation. The challenges are many for each of us to “grow” these efforts. And the future is worth it!
Let’s use the present to get to the future. How can we build upon our current strengths and opportunities to move toward a desired future?
Action is a better than doing nothing.