How could we imagine the future and describe it in detail in our stories?
Solarpunk is a science fiction genre about positive dream futures vs the end of the world. Storytelling evokes emotion and thus motivates behaviour towards that future. So, creating positive stories is important, it helps to bring those imaginary futures into a reality.
I wonder, how to imagine the futures in detail now?
Restoration of right relationship between one another and the living earth; ultimately the abolition of the concept of property and extractive capitalism.
Yesterday I had an entertaining thought which I don't understand myself: "if time is a looping circle, and if we know the language of the universe now, we can talk to future now!" So this is a creative prompt to start exploring solarpunk 😀
// I had an entertaining thought which I don't understand myself: "..we can talk to future now!" //
Indeed. The ancients like Aristotle, Plato, Democritus, etc. perhaps did not imagine that they are writing their works for someone to read thousands of years into the future -- they probably were thinking that they are writing practical things for the current or next generation or education of the next generation, without the intent of it to be messages to the distant future, just like most people these days do not think of writing on-line as a form of writing for the future. However, the long-lasting web projects make us realize that this is the case.
I have once came around the KEO (time capsule)project, that encouraged me to write to the future, here's my attempt: KEO-message.txt (written more than 15 years ago).
I intend to use this puzzle to research and discover methods for imaginative storytelling and then use these storytelling methods to create solarpunk art. All commenters - before posting, could you please think - does my comment help this puzzle reach a conclusion?
To answer the topic and not Mindeys time capsule text document, sorry Ruta for that digression.
I have often wondered why all our storytelling narratives - science fiction, video games, films are so dystopian rsfher than utopian.
I want to see utopian films about societies that are different to ours. That are perfect like heaven.
I think of the Bauhaus as the futurists who turned intention into pedagogy, practices, designs, artifacts, and architecture. They turned intention into the modern world. Now that we live in a postmodern world, we are thinking through the errors and mistakes in our designs and iterating on those designs with incremental changes to the way we live modern life. We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.
A letter to the future in the form of a manifesto:
“Let us then create a new guild of craftsmen without the class distinctions that raise an arrogant barrier between craftsman and artist! Together let us desire, conceive, and create the new structure of the future, which will embrace architecture and sculpture and painting in one unity and which will one day rise toward heaven from the hands of a million workers like the crystal symbol of a new faith.”
— Walter Gropius
thinking, if Future is just an extension of Now, we probably will have the same Needs, but Solutions will be different. So to imagine the future is about observing now. What needs do we have - what elements are in our environment - like housing, transportation, work, education, etc.? Then, what would these elements look like in the future? Probably they will be made of different ingredients: have different features and be developed on a different set of values. Say, housing likely won't be a square box, but be more about biophilic design or in contrary - something else. How to include diversity here? What could these values be? A palette! Some will be organic, ecologic, integrative; some - darker shades.
So imagination is about augmentation.
Also, to me it seems that exploring a transitional phase from Now to Future is interesting. Where would all current buildings, things, stuff go? How would current materials/things be composted, transformed into future objects? Also, how our human identitied would transform into perceptions of the future?
Future doesn't actually exist but is refreshed and happens after every decision or thought in the now. We live in a cause and effect universe - every change in the universe gives the effect for the next state. So you can run the universe to completion by knowing all the conscious decisions each particle makes. Your coffee mug is conscious. "Now" is refreshed repeatedly like a rhythm. Every other being gets to make a decision to react to your decision. So past present and future happen all at once, together. Like one event. This is how eternity exists between each second. Every effect on the universe creates a separate timeline that is true to that decision. That's your memory. Every you is true to yourself. I think people who suffer or have pain have it incorporated into their lives to serve some greater experience or purpose. God is good he doesn't make us suffer for no reason. We might even cause the suffering to ourselves. I truly believe everybody gets what they want and believe to be true. In other words, everybody gets the consequences of their thoughts and decisions.
This is how God can show you your own funeral a near death experience when you get to decide whether to stay in the world and fulfil your mission or die in the world and complete your mission here for spiritual growth.
This is why imagining the future and defining what we want is so important to getting what we want. We need to visualize what we want to the universe so that the universe gives it to us.
What you imagine or think is a noumenon. It's a real object that can be interacted with and perceived in the spiritual plane.
I want travel to be unnecessary to get to work. My living quarters should be 5-10 minutes away from my work place. So this implies a dense living arrangement.
I want computer computation to be used for socially beneficial purposes that's why I created the category for computation for normal people. I want a resurgence of desktop computing, self hosting and the web to get better. I want organisations doing administration and necessary work for individuals - organising things of the home and supplying food deliveries. People don't have to waste their time shopping for essentials. Someone needs to organise food transport from organic farms to people's houses or communal kitchens.
I had a dream as a child of an island with an underground railway system which was concentric circles. The idea being you could travel around the circle easily. I never did solve the problem of going more central than going around laterally. You live your life as if in a particular ring.
We need more readily available cruelty free food so meat free, more vegetarian recipes/dishes. Each chicken and cow is a loving being.
Imagine a world where hotels and housing is free and you can live where you want.