This is it. We have it all laying out in front of us. There is water on mars. There is a possible exoplanet. AI is only moments away.
The future is knocking at our door.
The future our parents have been dreaming of when they were kids. The one we know from all the science fiction movies. First contact, space travel, building new worlds, the whole fucking shit.
It is 2017. The day Marty McFly lands in the future lays in the past already. We are the future.
And yet, look at us. We didn’t even manage to get that hoverboard right.
How come? How come we made it to outer space and to the moon within eight years and 50 years later we have not even made one small step further?
To me, it’s kind of obvious. So obvious that I pondered whether I should write this part, as it’s kind of negative. The competitive imperative looms around every corner of our lives: Be it in school where we get grades, at work where we can get fired for someone “better” anytime, or even within the question whether we have the newest smartphone yet. In order to live, we are forced to compete and to work. Even though it is neither necessary nor has it proven to be a very prosperous tactics, since there is just not enough work for everyone and thus some people are forced into poverty. We live in a state of constant fear.
We want to be shielded from danger, and the biggest danger, so we learn, is the Other. Is everything that could possibly compete. This fear is so big that people who are best in fighting against others, in following the rules, the most egoistic ones, the ones without imagination, always end up on top.
But what we need to move on is exactly this: Imagination. Big scale.
So let’s imagine.
A system that makes us work together, not against each other. Where we share the means of production as humans, instead of being split into consumer and workforce. Where the whole planet acts as one instead of silly split-up sections against each other. Where artists don’t have to win prizes by juries to survive. Where no one is forced to anything but everyone can do everything. Being excellent to each other. Where scientists do compete against each other, but for the most interesting results and not the most profitable ones. They work together on the idea they think best instead of trying to outsmart each other for merits. They collaborate. Everyone who thinks they have a contribution to make get’s a say. And, of course, an education, as education is truly considered a human right.
Our lives would revolve around creation, not around dull office work.
We would work and live towards something greater, as humankind.
We would have given all power to imagination.