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at this juncture of the 21st century we are more aware of ourselves—we are more aware of our past—than culture has ever been before. Because of the internet, because of our tremendous archives that we’ve accrued, the culture of the past is open to us. And as we look at it, we can see that it’s a fabulous junkyard of ideas that may have been incredibly beautiful—and may have had an awful lot of life left in them—that have been discarded by the relentless forward rolling of culture and our insistence upon new things every day. I think that we’re now in a position where we can look back at the wonderful, glorious remains of our previous cultures—our previous mindsets—and we can use elements from that treasure trove to actually craft things that are appropriate to our future.
Similarly (as suggested by my-wife-the-ex-neurochemist-shaman pointed out), whole countries can also suffer from post-traumatic stress
Every generation is frightened that it will be the one to face down the coming Apocalypse/Armageddon/Whatever like a weak-hearted businessman on a strip-club floor.
think they are the stars of their own TV show believing they are followed by some invisible audience.
We, as a whole, are not secure enough in our present to say that if we upset the balance of things in some way it won't have catastrophic effects for us, so we're not willing to go out on a limb and see what we can achieve.
what they were turning into
The reality is that people can and do control the future every day - as long as they envison wha they want and plan accordingly.
And bring a change of underwear.
..or just forgo the underwear. This is, after all, the Future
The big reason that fear about the future exists is because that is what people are told what to expect from the future. Their images of the future are vague, dangerous, uncontrollable, and surprising. The reality is that people can and do control the future every day - as long as they envison wha they want and plan accordingly.
Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape - Burroughs