1 : one who studies and predicts the future especially on the basis of current trends
2: one who advocates or practices futurism, a point of view that finds meaning or fulfillment in the future rather than in the past or present
Futuristic (adj.): by 1856 in theology, with reference to prophecy; 1915 as “avant garde, ultra-modern,” Meaning “pertaining to the future, predicted to be in the future” is from 1921.
Futurism (n.): 1909 as the name of a movement in arts and literature, from Italian futurismo, coined 1909 by Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876-1944. Futurist is from 1911 in the arts movement sense; attested from 1842 in a Protestant theological sense (“one who holds that nearly the whole of the Book of Revelations refers principally to events yet to come” – Century Dictionary). As “one who has (positive) feelings about the future” it is attested from 1846 but marked in dictionaries as “rare.”
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ”
Alvin Toffler (1928-2016, American writer and futurist, known for discussing modern technologies)
“In all the useful arts the world is either standing still or going backwards.”
George Orwell (1903-1950, Eric Arthur Blair, English novelist, essayist, and critic, most famous for “Animal Farm” and “1984”)
“It always struck me that Africa was, in a strange way, a futuristic place and had elements and vibes and spirits that were going to inform the future. Africa Express is an attempt to engage that power outside Africa, and for everyone to benefit from it.”
Damon Albarn (English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer)
“I have no desire to write historical anything or futuristic anything – I want to find a way to get at the essence of what it’s like to be alive now. The reason why great novels from centuries ago are still great is because that’s what they were doing; it’s like a message from another culture.”
Jonathan Dee (b. 1962, American novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for “The Privileges,” which was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
“I want to do a little bit of everything. I love sci-fi. I think it’s more the characters that draw me towards things. I like strong women. I’m very interested in futuristic stuff, anything.”
Sabrina Lloyd (b. 1970, American film and television actress, best known for playing Wade Welles in the science fiction series “Sliders” and Natalie Hurley in the ABC sitcom “Sports Night”)
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
— Alvin Toffler
Yes, if you are like me, I am constantly filtering through large amounts of information, acquiring new and sometimes throwing out that which is no longer relevant. That means applying what works, or at least trying it on for size, and letting go if it’s not a good fit.
This is, of course, about personal choices and preferences.
Our world is super complex and it takes humble minds to sort through it, or to at least to step back and let those who are experts to divine the truth.
I have always enjoyed science-fiction and in my heart-of-hearts am futurist. It’s easy for me to imagine what resonates for the future and what does not. I like period historical pieces too, especially when the story or the film is well researched, because they often illustrate how far our world has evolved, and all the nonsense we have managed to let go.
I don’t often predict the future, although I’ve gotten a glimpse or two about when I was a child, especially in my dreams. What I can surmise that even though our world is extremely challenged by hate and fear, we will endure in the end.
Stay strong and hopeful, sojourners!
Much Love, Tonya