I believe in the future.

The future is not tomorrow. It does not come with the passage of time, it does not arrive, it does not happen. Tomorrow is a passive action, brought on by forces beyond our control or whose control we have abandoned. The worlds turn with no regard for living things, but so too the 'march of progress,' a letting go of the reins of human development to the wisdom of the crowd. We each do our small part and history follows the slightly arced rails that lead toward justice. People have faith in tomorrow because they have given up on today. We sleep, finally, gratefully, hoping tomorrow will be better. We sleep while the world turns, while others labor on and create a tomorrow you have no control over.

The future is not tomorrow. It comes through human action, human choice. The future is when technology is turned to the benefit of living things, not the creating of more efficient mechanisms of mass murder; when scientific principles are used to heal and uplift, not cure the small deficiencies that offend our vanity; when the great machines of industry create abundance rather than profit from scarcity; when we no longer impoverish our children and hollow out the earth to extend our lavish affluence for just one more good year.

Any of these things could happen tomorrow. Engineers could walk out of the plants building warmachines, scientists could abandon frivolous projects, corporate officers could direct their employees to prioritize human life and dignity; politicians could turn the great power of the state to the common good. All of these things could happen, all of these things have been said before, so many times, by so many people, for so many years. None of these things have happened.

The future could come tomorrow, but it will not. We are not ready for the future.

The future requires a becoming of us. We must be altruistic. We must understand the consequences of our actions, across the world and far into the future. We must be willing to sacrifice ourselves, not as cheap martyrs, but as tireless creators. Above all else, we must be free.

The world we live in was created years ago by people you have never met, people who never met you, and in all likelihood did not give one thought to you when they lived their lives and made their choices. Everything that happens now has already been decided; we are players on a stage, reading a script written by some past generation. Let me be clear: you have no control over the world you live in. You control yourself, you control your choices, but the world? This is beyond your ability to influence.

Right now your instinct is to argue but you know this is true. The avalanche you see racing down the valley, you cannot stop this, you cannot direct it, you cannot change it. To stop the avalanche, to stop or direct it, you would need to be on the top of the mountain, days or months or weeks ago, shifting snow to achieve the desired effect. By the time you hear the first rumble, any hope of making any difference with the avalanche are long since past. All you can do now is survive.

But history is not an avalanche that crashes and settles into a new equilibrium. Our lives are always being created, and new scripts are always being written, one word at a time, one day at a time, to be read and followed generations from now. This is how we create the future.

There is a right answer to history. Emancipation is better than slavery; healthy is better than sick; safe is better than endangered; liberation is better than oppression. What stops us from creating the future is not that we do not know what, but we do not know how. Everyone knows abundance is better than scarcity, but how do we create abundance in a world controlled by companies whose very existence depends upon scarcity? We know what must be done, but have no idea how to do it. This is why the future can only be created by free human beings.

A child who is always carried never learns to walk. So too is it with choice. As long as we tell people what to do, tell them what is right and wrong, tell them how to act and what to, they remain dependent on others to make their choices for them. The process of socialization functions to make people unfree, to bind them to one set of mores and customs and norms, and to preclude acceptance of any other. This produces stable cultures and societies in which the vast majority of the people conform and pass the same mores and customs and norms onto their children. Stable and predictable.

These unfree people have never had to make a real choice, have never had to choose what defines them or who they are. Their ethnicity is defined by genetics and family heritage; religion is passed down from parents, as is political affiliation; education and career are both essentially functions of class, which is inherited from parents and crafted by circumstance. A person can go their whole lives and never have to ask themselves if what they are doing is right, and most societies do quite well ensuring their members do not. This has always been.

To do something different we must be different, and to be different we must be free. Free from the past, free from superstition, free from assumption and expectation, free from loyalty, free from constraint and restraint. Most of all, we must be free from the monolith of certainty.

I can tell you what to do. I have spent most of my life asking this question, I have created a dozen different answers, each a failure. I am sure right now that I know what to do, and in ten years I am sure I will be wrong again. If I stood up before millions and dictated a program it would work, but only for one generation, because soon afterwards, those millions who listened to me will repeat my words, my instructions, to their children, and those children will be just as unfree as their parents, and this will all begin again.

The only freedom that matters is the freedom to choose for yourself what to believe. We have built civilizations around teaching people the right answers, but never have we taught people how to create those answers for themselves. This is why the future will not come tomorrow. This is why I cannot not tell you what to do.

If I believe in the future then I must also believe in you, that if history has a right answer you will find it for yourself, and when it comes time to teach someone else the right answer, you will say nothing, and send them into the world to find it for themselves.