|sense of time||on time|
Time as seen distributed through lifetimes and dynasties.
|references & inspiration|
Monarch butterflies perform annual intergenerational migrations across North America which have been called "one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world". No individual butterfly completes the entire round trip; female monarchs lay eggs for the next generation during the northward migration and at least four generations are involved in the annual cycle. Science has not yet offered a sufficient explanation for how the migration happens.
Technocrats suffer from myopia. Their instinct is to think about immediate returns, immediate consequences. They are premature members of the now generation. If a region needs electricity, they reach for a power plant. The fact that such a plant might sharply alter labour patterns, that within a decade it might throw men out of work, force large-scale retraining of workers, and swell the social welfare costs of a nearby city - such considerations are too remote in time to concern them. The fact that a plant could trigger devastating ecological consequences a generation later simply does not register in their time frame. To transcend technocracy, our social time horizons must reach decades, even generations, into the future. This requires more than a lengthening of our formal plans. It means an infusion of the entire society, from top to bottom, with a new socially aware future-consciousness.
- Alvin Toffler, Future Shock, 1970