I believe in a wonder. I am like a Medieval person knowing the Early 21st Century will come. We don't know what the future will look like, but it will be dazzling. And 'good'.
Many others believe in a G/good future. For those behind the capital letter, it starts with an Intervention. Well, I do not know about that, but the direction is parallel (and up!) towards the / a future. Towards good.
Mathematicians say: "Two parallel lines intersect in infinity." But many believers, and I'm one of them, know "infinity" seen from society's present perspective is nearer than we think. Life as we know it will end. I dare not openly speak about what's next. What we do know are the following hard facts with paradigm shifting borders:
So far unseen global events are unfolding: climate change, the internet, the rising markets India and China;
People more and more choose products by the stories marketeers and corporations tell. See also The Postmodern Market Economy.
Cheap resources - on which our whole planetary society is build - are running out...
... and the quest for alternative energy is on and really getting fired now (2011, with possible tremendous discoversies ahead).
About the Postmodern Market Economy Market economy up to today equalised the same products from different producers in terms of: price, quality, selling place (the internet). The competition shifts to 'promotion' alone.
At the other hand, also consumers grow in these times. They get better informed and decide and comprehend faster and faster. Like we live faster now than a century ago. So if corporations do not walk their talk, consumers will go the competitor. Just by a mouse click.
Therefore corporations more and more tell and also do things their customers can identify with. And in doing so, the market competition cumulative shifts towards "doing good".Good sells better for the majority of mankind. (Read also: we want to see a happy end at the movies.)
Within this group of early adapting corporations the innovative ones will go even further. To boldly market where no marketeer has gone before -
Public/Private partnerships in order to raise developing countries - and of course opening new markets
Sponsoring the quest for New Energy
Facilitating peace talks for instance between the Israelis and Palestinians
Funding research, more than the present
And funding research about 'out of the ordinary' like 2012 etc etc.
Their markets expect and later on demand this.
Once this flywheel really starts, it is unstoppable. Like classic consuming/producing was unstoppable from the beginning of the 20th century up to the present. People / consumers / individuals have the power, the Internet and day-by-day consuming are their tools. Where does this lead to? I don't know. My activities aim at tech submissive to flesh, fighting the contrary and for spirituality I lean over to Teilhard de Chardin.
Like homo sapiens and homo neanderthalensis stand upon the shoulders of homo erectus, us postmodern man have shoulders too.
Onto our next stage of evolution! Richard Reekers, initiator ETLD/NewDay.nl
The Postmodern Market Economy in 4 minutes - a test vid.
translation Dutch texts in the end, see description (right) at: