The purpose of choose the future!

We need to make changes. 


While making changes to the way we individually run our lives is useful and important, doing so will not solve the problems that we, and all other life on Earth, face.  We humans so dominate the Earth now with our huge numbers and our vast activities that it is important that we all, the entirety of humanity, work together in a coordinated way to bring about necessary changes.   The changes that we need to make need to be made at the level of whole societies, even at the level of all of humanity; but the global political structures to do this barely exist, so we must start at the level of national governments.


The nations that have the greatest capacity to make changes to the way that they operate are the democratic nations; they are also usually the nations that have been most responsible for causing the issues that we face and are therefore the most in need of change.


The needed changes that are discussed in choose the future! may be unpopular because they will be perceived, or may be represented, as having immediate negative consequences.  If people don’t understand the necessity for the changes and the true, long-term, consequences of introducing or not introducing these changes then they won’t be adequately informed about them and may simply vote-out a government that proposes to implement them  public opinion is critical to implementing change in a democracy.  The voting public of a democratic nation must be informed sufficiently to understand the issues before its government can really act on them.


Choose the future! presents ideas and information that will help people to become informed about these issues and to understand the long-term benefits of the necessary changes, despite possible (but not certain) short-term or medium-term disadvantages that the changes may bring. Only when people really understand the causes and consequences of these issues, can they be part of the political process that introduces those changes.



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  • #1

    Gary Silberstein (Wednesday, 03 January 2018 21:28)

    This is an outstanding and essential project. Well done!
    Modern economies, as you point out, are based on infinite growth. Infinite growth is physically impossible (first and second laws of thermodynamics), but hope, past experience, and ignorance of basic science make 'selling' this reality extremely difficult. My colleague and I are biologists writing on this subject and find that resistance, even among educated people, is strong. Still, we must try!

  • #2

    Choose the Future – Chris (Thursday, 04 January 2018 02:56)

    Hi Gary,
    Thanks for your positive comments! What format are you writing for – a book, a website? Or something else?