The Fault Is in Our Future

By Mark Antony Rossi

There’s a certain arrogance in those who wait for tomorrow. Did I miss the memo that proclaims we have plenty of time? Whatever happened to solving today’s problems so can have a better tomorrow. That sentiment is usually lost in the politics of hesitation which masks defeatist attitudes in the promises of hope.

But fools often fail to see that hope lacking action is empty faith forced to rely on another day. This is exactly how history repeats itself because we learn nothing and thus carry our ignorance to the next epoch. How is it excusable that men could land on the moon but still cannot peacefully speak to their next-door neighbor?

Wars begin because we permit them. And until we are truly honest with our faults the tentacles of terrorism will only grow stronger. There is now a tolerance for depravity in the 21st century that calls into question Western Enlightenment. Underage prostitution and slavery thrives due to pirate internet activity. Violence is a television and movie fixture seemingly obscuring credible story lines; yet influencing the masses quick to believe the only justice found is through the barrel of a gun.

It is one thing to lose favor in our leaders and quite another to reexamine the very values supposedly shaping institutions and even religions. The mistake of allowing technology to steer us inwards damages our humanity. We stop talking to people because we are too busy speaking at them on cell phones. We stopped being social with people because we tricked ourselves into thinking social media was the same thing.

Less contact means less communication which means less chance of something meaningful happening to halt the hurt of yesterday which left unchecked becomes the hate of tomorrow. It is a known fact in the sales world that without personal engagement there is no sale. A connection needs to be made; needs to be a priority if we want to achieve a day absent of bombs and blood. Because we have not reconciled yesterday the fault is in the future. And children are not the future for we continue to teach them the prejudices of the past.

About the Author: Mark Antony Rossi is a poet, playwright and author of the bioethics volume “Dark Tech” now available from Amazon. His most recent plays have been produced in Liverpool and New York. 

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