What I most remember about the prediction was that automation would be the byword for virtually every aspect of life. Pavements, I particularly remember, would become linear escalators and people would have no need to walk from building to building. I believe this vision of utopia also involved an integrated public transport system that allowed people to exit a train straight onto a bus and that cars would be able to fly. There was also a lot of green spaces involved as fresh air was to be the panacea for health and vitality.
I dare say the vision of space travel for the masses will fall equally wide of the mark.
Visions for a future beyond the lives of today’s youngsters are more depressing, more dystopian, with ultimately the colonisation of Mars Mankind’s only hope for survival. There will be no green spaces in this future, I suspect. No utopia, either.
As I have said before and will doubtless say again, higher society is beginning to create a world that has no need for the masses. It is time we, our politicians, our scientists, began to take this annihilation of the masses seriously. We, you and I, our descendants, the children who the future should be for, could be wiped out by the advance of robotics, by genetic engineering, or a deliberately engineered pandemic made accessible to a terrorist organization by the invention of gene-editing and 3D bioprinting, the ending of the antibiotic era or even the loss of the satellite fleet. The list of possible destroying mechanisms is long and becoming longer by the week.
The people who are at the forefront of this technological freefall of possible destruction are few, at least compared to those us who make up ‘the masses’, even if they are funded, encouraged and perhaps manipulated by a secret elite, who have recognised the danger of overpopulation and are in the process of engineering a ‘natural’ solution to the problem.
If we take Britain and the need for housing as an example it is plain that the plots of science fiction are slowly taking root in reality, with wall-to-wall housing replacing the green spaces are our reservoirs of fresh air. The present and previous government have torn up the planning laws that have served to help local people from having sprawling housing estates built on green-field sites and are now allowing developers to determine where houses can be built. 1-million houses in 10-years nationally. These houses may be needed but what happens to the building industry when this allocation of houses are built? To keep the industry afloat another 1-million houses might be required and more green-field sites will disappear and the dystopian future of a country without nature becomes ever more likely. Sadly, politicians no longer plan for the long-term future, the decades beyond their stay of power, but think only as far as what it will take to win the next General Election.
At some point the ecology of the planet must be given priority. If ecologists and green parties would stick to its core issues and not advance into walks of life that have little to do with saving the planet, they might make inroads with the electorate. Certainly we, the majority, should stop caring about only what is good for the self and start voting in favour of what will be good for the welfare of the planet and future generations. Caring about green spaces may seem trivial at a time when the weather is becoming wilder and weirder, when North Korea is threatening to start a nuclear holocaust and war rages in so many parts of our civilised world. But if we don’t start by saving the village green, the little wood at the bottom of the street or that field where for centuries sheep have safely grazed, it will be too late to save the world. Because if we do not make the effort, as sure as eggs are eggs Governments can’t be trusted to create a harmonized world fit for nature and humans to live in side by side.
What we, the electorate, the people who pay the salaries of those elected through the ballot box to represent us in Parliament, must do is insist that our Government put before all other considerations the happiness and safety of the people. In the cold hard environment of politics that may seem naïve, twee, a story-book ethos, but what has happened since the ending of the 2nd World War is that people have become puppetry to be worked so that all the power and influence is in the hands of politicians, and not only politicians we have voted into power. Not since the founding of the N.H.S. has any politician brought to fruition an idea that had as its central cause the health and welfare of the people. If a country is not run for the benefit of its people we end up with what we have got – unhappiness, people living on the street, unemployment (a Government that does not set out to achieve full employment for its people should be shamed for its lack of ambition) failure creeping through education, health, the police and all the emergency services and worst of all, perhaps, no faith in our elected politicians.
When you let standards slip they will only go one way. Where we are today. Possibly on the brink of disaster.