Projection or promise

Each of us is a voyager. This is what the universe invites us to be in our lives and relationships, because the universe keeps changing, unfolding, evolving.*
Philip Newell

As a futurist I must take to heart the warning of Wendell Berry,
Not to be a project fantasies and fiction,
But to promise and therefore
take responsibility:

The projecting of ‘futurologists’ uses the future as the safest possible context for whatever is desired; it binds only to selfish interest. But making a promise binds one to someone else’s future.**

There are many ways to be foolish
but faithfulness and perseverance is the way to wisdom.

*From Philip Newell’s Sacred Earth, Sacred Soul;
**Wendell Berry, quoted in Alan Jacobs’ Breaking Bread with the Dead.

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