Society is always changing, even before the digital revolution there was progress every year. It may have started slowly, with thousands of years separating significantly different lifestyles in prehistory, however now things are moving much faster. We can all remember a time before some kind of technology that we know about, and today will be a past moment too in the near future. We will remember back in 2018 when we did things a certain way with a particular style of device. Perhaps it will be disposable plastic that will become outdated, a seemingly mad idea from Neanderthal remnant biped apes who had no concern for tomorrow. Time after time, humans demonstrate the ability to do the wrong thing in large numbers. I'd be hypocritical if I said that dear readers, you must use less plastic. I use it myself, and I should should less. I hope this sets an example.
But what about tomorrow? What do we know about today that can point us in a direction that can help us understand the world at large? There are three virtues that seem to be becoming apparent in this modern age which we will see more and more of as the years roll past. Thinking about life and directions to walk in through this lens may help people who are looking to find useful paths to take. It also helps us, I think, to make sense of what's truly important today, and what will remain so tomorrow. Which is the most valuable of the three? You can decide for yourself.
Firstly, the most important thing about our evolving society is the technology we use. This is everything from the vehicles to the computers, the programs that they work with, and the way we interact with them. It's clear that technology is playing a larger part in our lives all the time, and we discover ways of making life easier, simpler, and more enjoyable with the use of various technologies. Although it remains dynamic and a specialism in one thing doesn't guarantee a life-time role, it's possible to find many roads that can last for life in this area.
As we have changed as society, history has shown that people have pressured those who lead or rule to become more benevolent. We don't know how it was thousands of years ago when we were living in tribes, but when a person rules a large number of people, we've seen that they become tyrannical in many cases. We therefore make rules for leaders to follow that prevent them from acting in ways we don't abide. It's taken a huge length of time to get to where we are now and in quite a few cases, it's not over yet. There are many tyrants who when they die, will be replaced by those who have learned from different peers. This is why it's important to do our best to continue to enrich our society with care, and empathy.
As we grow older, there will be a greater need for care roles. Technology links this with solutions, and possibly AI could help organise a workable care routine for large numbers of people. As resources from the public sector seem stretched, we as human beings have to look hard at what our priorities are. The virtue of tomorrow that will become vital is empathy and care. The environment is a mess, and the number of animals that live on Earth are in huge decline. Something has to change before we end up with a complete disaster. Every new generation seems to be more determined to make a change to lifestyles as a whole, bring in new technology, new methods, and new ideas to help break the deadly cycle of waste.
Jobs have become much more varied in the modern day, trades are blurring their boundaries and the employment market is always shifting. The various types of education for work are becoming more widespread too, from blogs like this one spreading knowledge to charities funding schools in third world countries. As technology improves at an ever increasing rate, and the need to care and consideration becomes even more imperative, this makes the next virtue that of creativity. We need solutions and inventions that help us to move past this grimy and careless chapter of our history. Where there are fishes choking on plastic bags and ducks wading in oily residue, where there are men and women sitting in their houses with nothing but bills and a bag of dried rice, where we'd rather a person slept on the pavement in the city centre than pay public money to give them a home and something to eat regardless of their ability to work, we need to make some real changes. Many people really care about these things and feel so strongly about doing the right thing. It's this passion that drives people to create, and to use the tools available to do something today that makes a difference tomorrow.
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