Rational behavior … depends upon a ceaseless flow of data from the environment. It depends upon the power of the individual to predict, with at least a fair success, the outcome of his own actions. To do this, he must be able to predict how the environment will respond to his acts. Sanity, itself, thus hinges on man’s ability to predict his immediate, personal future on the basis of information fed him by the environment.
ALVIN TOFFLER, Future Shock
What is the future of our planet? This is the question being asked by almost every person in the world keeping in view the present status of human civilization. Since its creation, human beings have been exploiting the environment and manipulating the earth and the available resources. Time has caused dramatic shift from the Stone Age to the present day of machines. Ironically, this advancement has evolved a man of stone. Old age was though not as luxurious as the present one but the norms and values kept people bound to one another. Today, such morals have been concealed somewhere under the mask of advancement.
Turning back to the point, we have, because of our increasing demands and exploding population, consumed most of the natural resources that were available on the planet. Now, the reservoirs have started getting diminished. What will we do if they get to zero? This question leads us to the study of sustainable use of the natural resources which means to use the resources in a way so as to conserve them for the future. No one is really aware of the future but the power of present time is strong enough to give a better future. Planning future is one of the best methods to avoid the problems that are feared to occur in future and overcoming this very fear of ours.
What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance understands fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, and come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it. Jiddu Krishnamurti
By: Aimon Malghani