“Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.”
Isaac Asimov, American writer and professor of biochemistry
Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.
We are living in scary times.
A whole continent is burning.
The climate is becoming inhospitable.
The world is at the brink of war.
I’m afraid for the future of life on Earth.
Written for the Friday Five Lines or Less prompt from Patricia’s Place. The idea is to write a story or poem of five lines or less. This week’s word is “afraid.”
“The future ain’t what it used to be.”
American baseball player, manager, and coach Yogi Berra
I’ve quoted the late, great Yogi Berra before, but given what is going on the world these days, I think Yogi was quite prescient with this quote. With climate change proceeding along virtually unabated, I’m not even sure that humanity will be around in the future.
Written for this week’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G.Hill.
Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.
By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.
What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.
There are those who believe that technological advancement a net positive, while others look at it as more of a net negative. Yet most people agree that technological progress is inevitable as long as humans exist and that it can’t be stopped, nor should it be.
There is a controversial concept wrapped around technological advancements called “technological singularity.”It’s a hypothetical future point in time when technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization.
So my provocative question for you this week is this:
Do you think the singularity will occur? If so, what time frame do you think it will happen in and how will it impact humanity? Alternatively, do you think or care at all about the potential for reaching singularity?
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I’ve seen it all from up here on my perch high atop this cathedral for the last 850 years. I’ve witnessed the very best of humanity and civilization and I’ve witnessed the very worst of both.
I’ve seen war and revolution. I’ve seen peace and salvation. I’ve seen unfathomable cruelty and incredible kindness. I’ve seen death and destruction and birth and construction.
I’ve seen progress and growth. I’ve seen stagnation and decline. I’ve seen warriors and holy men.
Yes, I’ve seen things come and I’ve seen things go. But I don’t think I, or humanity and civilization, will see another 850 years.
Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl. Photo credit: Pedro Lastra.