I am ready to be free.
We have before us a massive gift. And a massive tether.
The cloud gives us a massive gift of freedom. Freedom to work from wherever. Freedom to connect wherever we are. Freedom to logistically run our lives (uber, hotels.com, 1800Flowers etc.). Freedom of traveling, even if it’s by virtual reality or video. Freedom of expression. Freedom of connection. Freedom of education.
But it’s unlocked a feeling of complex melancholia. This feels especially raw in the light of all of the recent news. We’re fearful of what’s to come. We’re nostalgic for what was. We’re hyper-aware of our current reality. We are seeing the cages around us for the first time. And we are caged in ways we don’t yet see.
Now more than ever, it appears we have a choice. We can choose to see the door that is open, waiting for us to find this open territory on the other side.
This is the optimist view; That new technologies will clip us free from our restraints. That if we embrace change and progress we can build a world that reduces suffering, doles opportunity, and unites rather than divides.
Or we choose to ignore the doors that are opening to us. We ignore this due to the comfort of our current habitat. We ignore it because we want what came before. Because we don’t see the available abundance that is already right in front of us.
I don’t blame anyone who feels they want to go back to how it was. They do not see abundance, they see retrogression. It IS very tough in this transition right now. We're not well equipped. And The past is known, whereas the future is unknown.
We can never go back, so forward is the way. I fear there will be massive turmoil as we’re force-jammed through this new door by progress. Many will hold on together for dear life.
Instead, we could gather courage, and stand up to let ourselves through.
This post is a lofty look at these ideas. The impacts that are coming affect real people in every day details. We must transition to be techno-citizens. I hope to write more about this.
All I’m trying to do right now is to start bringing up the question: “If I had the possibility of seeing and living in the future in advance, would I take it, out of curiosity?” We can be curious, instead of fearful.
Or, as Seth Godin asked: “When your great-grandfather arrives by time machine, what will you show him?”
We are caged in ways we don’t yet see.
And we are free in ways we don’t yet believe in.