So the future is here (again). In the movie Back to the Future 2, when they actually went to the future, arrived today on the 21st of October 2015. Here is the future according to that movie:
Look at that optimism! A utopia fit for the 1980’s! A guy carrying an ironing board!
In many science fiction stories there is a date given to future events. In Star Trek Khan was supposed to take over the world in the 1990’s but that did not happen of which I am grateful. The Doctor in Doctor who was supposed to run the Olympic Torch in 2012 of which did not happen even though it was tried. Now, the date of the movie Back to the Future is here and we as a culture are using this to analyze ourselves and our progress to what we guessed back then.
The future of self-drying jackets, flying cars, hover boards, and 80’s café’s have not happened to the pleasure of some and the disappointment of others. Instead of taking a time machine let’s take the long way around to see what has developed.
Like most things in our culture there are two different viewpoints. Here is one that uses sarcasm and irony to make fun of our future compared to the fictional one by blaming our lack of progress in technology (Note: language warning):
Whereas the following discussion offers an explanation about the technology and the social nature that has changed from what was seen to what we have now being due to a shift in people from then to now:
So what has really changed? In my opinion it is our optimism and wonder in our collective worldviews. Despite the two different viewpoints the real issue is that now we fret about the environment, people, the technology that we have or do not have, or many other things. We worry about the things of tomorrow.
In Matthew 6: 31-34 Jesus says (with some small commentary in parenthesis from me):
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ (80’s cafés) or ‘What shall we drink?’ (Pepsi perfect) or ‘What shall we wear?’ (self-drying shoes and self-tying show laces) For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
The narrative in Back to the Future was that we do have power to change (even if that would be our reaction to being called ‘chicken’) and that we do not need to cheat with a future almanac to do so. We have been using the movies like the trouble causing almanac in Back to the Future 2 and then getting upset when it did not come true.
The future is in your hands! That’s the whole point of the trilogy!
If people forget that and start worrying about what the future has become, tell them that no matter what we hoped at least we are not if Biff’s future dystopia. Also tell them that the future is what you make it: