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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Strive for a Hope Filled Future

My sci-fi enthusiasm has an important purpose!!!
YES, my geeky, sci-fi loving, future oriented self has won! I was rereading my notes on pastoral care and ran across this:
A chief example of human brokenness is having a bleak view of your personal future. Difficulty in perceiving future happiness. The solution pastors attempt to create: Return hope by helping people to see the positive that has occurred in their past, is occurring in the present present, and to build on that to create hope in (and to work toward) a positive future. 

So, Gene Roddenberry had it right back in the day when he insisted that the original Star Trek be a hope-filled, positive future oriented program. This was a healthy attitude. Star Trek as pastoral care, who knew?!

Work to create in yourself and others a sense of hope and a driving determination to make the future a better place. Give yourself, your children, and your future descendants the gift of a brighter future by working for it today.

Believe that the tiny good done has a ripple effect on the great pond of existence and is important. This will open you up to all sorts of tiny possibilities. That smile you give may indeed change a life, that door held open, that space made in traffic for another driver. You can't know how small acts of human kindness may impact another person. So, why not sow tiny seeds of a better future in this way.

Join some organizations that believe in working for a better tomorrow today. I have joined Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA) and Sojourners. Unexpected benefits for me have been electronic letters sent to me on issues I care about that are ready to be sent to my Congress members and Senators with me simply adding a few lines of data and hitting send on my computer. My voice was added to all the others in the organization who did likewise ... and who knows how that will end up, but it made me hopeful that in some small way I was trying to bend the future in a better direction.

Another for instance, the current issue of Prism magazine is all about the abolition of modern slavery in the world today. One of the articles by Kimberly McOwen Yim is titled "Refuse to Do Nothing." It's all about rising up against slavery that might be occurring right around you. Ridiculous you say? Well, one slave was kept in the home of a foreign dignitary in McLean, Virginia, an old stomping ground of mine. The article states, slavery may be found in many places, including: landscaping and gardening businesses; households where domestic home workers are present [the McLean case], large-scale agricultural operations; construction sites; casinos; garment factories; hotels (housekeeping mostly) ... and the list goes on. See the article (the current issue is free for viewing online as of this writing at the ESA site). If you suspect slavery in progress around you, CALL the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888. Start looking closely around your community, look for the little man behind the curtain so to speak, and don't be afraid to act.

Be a geek, look for a shiny future, and be an architect of it now. It'll give you hope and something more fulfilling to do than just waiting around for that future to happen.

And, if you want to see what that future was envisioned to be in 1967 (the future of 2001 that is), see the link to the Smithsonian piece below, which includes Walter Kronkite and a house of tomorrow ...
3D-TV, Automated Cooking and Robot Housemaids: Walter Cronkite Tours the Home of 2001 | Paleofuture

For more inspiration in the "little things make a big difference" department, adults should see the zombie romance Warm Bodies. In the film, the tiniest of human gestures changes everything ... a very important message. Equally important is what happens to humans who can't change, can't adapt to a different future, and strip themselves of their humanity in their ardent desire to remain unchanged. That's a very important message indeed.


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