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- The solarpunk way
- The past is a guide to the future
- Have courage to face the changes
- Technology as if people mattered
The sun has and will always be the central part of our lives
We need to break out of our negative view of the future and take back control.
The status quo won't do!
Positive engagement in the future through imagery, literature, lifestyle and technology
Pic: Julie Dillon
Pic: Fabián Cobos ( @fabcob )
Pic: Adam Flynn
The sun used to be a symbol of control, new beginnings and hope.
Let's make it so again.
Pic: God Pictures
We need to show how religion helped/helps to foster stability provides simplicity and prevents fear of losing control.
Then show how responses to climate change can also help us manage change, complexity and increase control.
We are naturally beings who crave control.
Of course, people do this in different ways - it is one of our defining personality features.
Pic: Julian de Narvaez
Fear of losing control
This recent Scientific American article includes a fascinating quote:
"... the primal experience of human existence is a loss of control, rather than a default of stability."
What we desire of the future is certainty.
What we fear is that we don't have any...
Our natural inclination is to create stories to make uncertainty, or our lack of control, go away.
Alternatively, we also tend to over-simplify complexity or discount randomness with assumptions.
Such a combination is a heady mix for climate change, as our fall-back stories and assumptions are often both wrong but strongly held!
So much in the future is uncertain
- Climate change
- Artificial Intelligence
- Neural interfaces
We need a positive vision to help us take control of these opportunities
Pic: Wind Tree
Life is getting more complex, with increasing amounts of infrastructure underpinning our daily lives.
- Is hiding (from) complexity a good thing?
- When do we need to know what's going on and so act on risks, issues ourselves?
Things that will stay the same
- Human nature
Pic: National Gallery
Introducing Solar Future
By John Kazer