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A blank page.  Yet, but no more.  Words of my will or some other motive external to myself.  And here my words fill the page to open a window.  My thoughts.  Guided or not.  Thoughts of passage.  From one era to the next.  Humans no more?  Humans we thought would always stay the same.  The one thing we could count on . . . ourselves. 


The long gaze into the abyss.  Down which we view a dark history.  A history of slow progress.  The wheel.  Governments.  Farming.  Expansion.  To conquer.  A moon.  The computer.  An internet; the nervous system of a planet.  The very small.  The very large.  Progressing.  Striving for more . . . to stay alive.  Faster, faster!  To know and discover more!


Our striving and surviving at the sake of anything, and all, have brought us to this day.   A day with graves of all types of life eliminated in our wake.  For our progress.  Dodo birds, Tarpans, Woolly Mammoths, Saber tooth tigers, Neanderthals.  On and on.  We know not all those who are forever lost to progress a bipedal form.  The only species retrospective enough to understand the expense.  And the only species to cause such dramatic loss.  The cost of our progress and striving.


But yet we the actors, given scripts written by mortals past and forces present.  We play on dutifully forward.  Our very thoughts and actions dictated by ancient causes greater than we.  Free will.  Who believes?  To drink a cup of water or not.  Free will?  Or perhaps our smallest choices as involuntary as a blooming rose.


What is the cause and purpose?  We are about to know.  The road bending ahead.  Behind us; As far as we can see.  A long, slowly arcing traverse.    Ahead, now the road turns sharply.  For those of us willing to look.  The turn ahead shrouded by terrain never meant to see.  Few can speculate.  And even fewer know.


Wave goodbye to what we knew.  It is all changing.  Forever gone like the dodo birds and the endless parade of purged species.  The past is written; the future is a new memo.  Dictated like these words on spotless pages.  A future far spectacular than what we had ever known.  Brilliant, glowing.  Amazing.  But costly.  Not everyone or everything will survive.  None can assuage.  But those that do persist will understand the sacrifice.  Those future words, when written will be as they had always been.  On purpose.  Like now.  Who would say the present isn’t the way it should have been?  We know the truth.  It is like this for a reason.  Yet we are misled by immediate crisis.  New horizons imminent.



Wait, listen.  Nearly there.  Almost there.  To live to see it . . . and we will.  


Ryan Messano Added Sep 4, 2016 - 1:29am
Technology will ever change, in 100 years innovations we never dreamed of will be a reality.  Of that there is no doubt.  Yet, there is nothing new under the sun, for human behavior never changes.  The more we know of humans of the past the more we know ourselves and others today.  
William Stockton Added Sep 4, 2016 - 1:41am
Hey Ryan.  Thanks for the comments!
I am compelled that a change in our near future will be wholly different than any we humans have ever experienced.  
Yet, this article is mostly about the progress of humanity and an inevitable path which we walk.
Cheers bro
Ryan Messano Added Sep 4, 2016 - 1:46am
Hey William, my pleasure.  Thank you. 
Hopefully we can avoid the change of decay and decline which every other empire in world history experienced.  
William Stockton Added Sep 4, 2016 - 1:52am
Ryan, the future will be far different and greater than we know today.
Get ready for the change.
Politics and these little squabbles are mere distractions of today.  What awaits will, by far, eclipse anything we think is important today.
Stone-Eater Added Sep 4, 2016 - 11:02am
I'm more pessimistic. All our progress is not one who suits the human mind, only his comfort and easy life. We had so much time since the Greek philosophs to really SEE what should be important in life.
But since we have sold our souls to profit, and profit can't be made by immaterial values, we're on a downward spiral, and we take the planet with us.
We're just a stupid species still ruled by amygdala in a "modern" outfit.
And evolution won't help us to stop our own extinction.
William Stockton Added Sep 4, 2016 - 11:27am
Stone, thanks for reading.
If you do more research on the steady progress of technology, including the development of cells and DNA, you will find that there is a consistent trend.  A component of this trend is Moore's law which has progressed, very steadily, throughout wars, human crisis, and economic downturns.  Apparently, progress in tech is a force external to the human experience.  Progress is as inevitable and fundamental as any force in the universe.
To deny progress is to deny our (yours and mine) existence.  And all that we have seen so far, is a net positive.
I once had a video-taped interview with a 90-year-old woman.  I asked her if today is better than the days when she was younger.  She emphatically said that today is far better and easier.  Less pain and toil.
The negative side, which you are focusing, is that the old must die or be removed for progress to continue.  Humans didn't invent this method, the universe did.
William Stockton Added Sep 4, 2016 - 11:28am
Michael, thanks for reading.
This article was my attempt to be a bit more abstract and less upfront.  I thought that might get people to think more for themselves as opposed to me feeding the reader thoughts I wanted them to think.
Stone-Eater Added Sep 4, 2016 - 11:39am
I agree, but due to the constant exploitation of the planet's resources that "progress" will come to a halt. We can't control overpopulation anymore, only one example. We're bound to have a big catastrophy or war to correct that.
And we could have AVOIDED that when using our brains....
William Stockton Added Sep 4, 2016 - 11:51am
Stone, pessimism has value.  So I wouldn't want to change that in you.
However, you are seeing a future which is a linear extrapolation of the past.  That is a mistake to which we humans are prone.
Progress will continue.  Things will change fundamentally which negate a linear forecast of resource depletion. Self destruction of humans will never happen.  The earth will not implode or become a ball of fire.  There are forces far greater than we humans which will prevent this.
The earth has seen much greater impacts and events than humans.  We are but a brick in the road of progress.
Stone-Eater Added Sep 4, 2016 - 11:56am
Seeing that human-like creatures are on earth since about 3 million years (it actually goes back to about 8 million, but those were more ape-like), and the planet exists since about 4.5 BILLION years we'll disappear as we came....only a side note on the planet's history...
William Stockton Added Sep 4, 2016 - 12:04pm
Stone, I'm not convinced we humans will go extinct for perhaps millions of years.  But I am more inclined to think we become less important.  Much like the ape, we take a second place in the hierarchy of life.
The experiences of those after we (you and I) die is only for them to know.  However, we (you and I) will experience a future better than what we knew.  And I would say, much more profound changes coming which we will (or hope to) experience in our lifetime.
Stone-Eater Added Sep 4, 2016 - 12:07pm
Not much time left here LOL
William Stockton Added Sep 4, 2016 - 12:24pm
Thanks Michael.  Are those random thoughts we have really random or crazy?  Did we voluntarily 'think' them?  I think probably not on both counts.
William Stockton Added Sep 4, 2016 - 1:00pm
Thank you, MJ.  You mean you don't like the political fighter in me?
I agree.  Politics brings out the worst in folk.  Maybe that will change soon.
Thank you for reading!
William Stockton Added Sep 4, 2016 - 1:31pm
Cheers MJ.  Kinship crossing oceans.
William Stockton Added Sep 4, 2016 - 4:41pm
@MJ, "Natural disaster or war? "
Neither MJ. 
Donna Added Sep 4, 2016 - 7:14pm
William, thank you for a " look "ahead so to speak. I agree we are on the verge of something huge, Mj , I also agree this is one of the best articles William has I like the others, but this us much better..   Blessed Be. 
William Stockton Added Sep 4, 2016 - 10:08pm
Thanks Donna.  I appreciate your reading and the feedback!
William Stockton Added Sep 5, 2016 - 10:58am
Michael,  Thanks for reading.
Fear is a great motivator.  The best in fact.  Perhaps people should understand how politics skew reality and turn us all into stressed out maniacs thinking the worst about ourselves and the world.
Donna Added Sep 5, 2016 - 6:28pm
William, I was ALWAYS told Politics, are the undoing of more friendships,and marriages than any other outside element. I believe you just showed your natural ability to write without any of the b.s. about politics. To me this us great, you are extremely versatile. I like that in a person. ;)
William Stockton Added Sep 5, 2016 - 10:50pm
Thanks Donna.  Very much appreciated.
William Stockton Added Sep 6, 2016 - 9:14pm
Ok Jeanne.  Very nice constructive feedback.  
My career requires the deliberate, non-emotional approach.  And forceful as well.
After a tense and rewarding week, I let down a little.  It would be a shame for those of us experiencing amazing progress in technology and the near-future implications to sit idly by and not let people know some trends and truths about our reality.
Ok, so I'm being a bit vague here.  But I think people still can look at history to judge the future.  And here I stand, positive, hopeful, with justification.  And I think people should be more positive too.  No reason to fear a future that is improbable (wars, disease, famine).  Just look at the past for our probable future.  And in fact, forces in the universe, much bigger than we, demand a better future.
I'm not religious.  So this isn't a god-thing.  However.  I'm struck by the forces in the universe designed . . . nay . . . desiring to produce a better future.  That is real.
To give you another vague example:
We humans understand beauty.  We can recognize it.  How we know?  I haven't a clue.  But we get it.   
Example:  I went to a musical production a few months ago.  This choir is the best choir in the state.  They are professional grade.  I have heard many, many choirs.  I sing in a choir.  I have sung in many choirs and groups.  And I'm not religious.  But on this occasion, in that auditorium, I was brought to tears.  Not spiritually.  It was because I heard a beauty that rocked me.  Precision & balance.  That is the best I can describe what I heard.  And it fact, that is what people, I think, find beautiful as well.  
This is out future as humans.  We will live in a much more beautiful place with precision, balance, and beauty.   That is about as best as I can explain it.
Thanks for reading Jeanne.
Patrick Writes Added Sep 6, 2016 - 10:17pm
Are we coming to the end of something? Oceans being fished out, animal habitat around the world being encroached upon, human beings reproducing at an exponential race. What's next to happen? 
William Stockton Added Sep 6, 2016 - 11:21pm
@Patrick,  "Are we coming to the end of something?"
I don't know exactly what comes next.  It may be a gradual change, but I don't think so.  Like we always have, we have seen things end and we saw new beginnings.  That is a certainty.  What is also certain is that tragedy is inevitable.   Profound changes doesn't mean golden sunsets and everyone is happy.  In reality, for anyone to be happy and secure, someone else is suffering.  Moreso, people don't change without pain.  So, I will leave it at that.  Because I don't really know more than this.
I want to just impress on people that the terrible news, the dire predictions, the self-loathing we are preached, is not really accurate.
There is better to come.  And we don't even have to acknowledge or believe in it.
Stone-Eater Added Sep 7, 2016 - 4:19am
We humans understand beauty.  We can recognize it. How we know?
Beauty can then be recognized when basic needs are secured. I see that in Africa, where people who struggle for their lives only shake head when it comes to see and enjoy beauty, be it a sunset or a snowy mountain.
Music is different, but Music is understood as a means for dancing and exercise, not primarily sitting, enjoying and dreaming about something.
I guess evolution has taken different paths in different people. Africans are very tough when it comes to survival. We in the West would be dead after a short time under the same conditions. Look at sport. Who are the best in most sports who demand extraordinary conditions like marathon or a 100m run ? Africans.
When it comes to intellectual sports like chess or snooker, you'd not find many Africans.
History of the peoples finally decided over who could afford to see beauty.
Don't get me wrong: I'm the last who discriminates Africans, you know. Just an observation, but still not a generalization.

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