Posted by: Stephen Paul | August 20, 2007

Envisioning a future

A friend emailed me the predictions of a South African psychic a couple of days ago. Something the chanel said stuck in my mind. She said there’s no plan on the books for the human race on planet earth after 2012–the plan just runs out. I knew the Mayan calendar ran out then, but I had never really considered what that might mean. The psychic suggested that we ‘ll be on our own going forward from there. We’ll have to envision our own future. Wow!

The same day I got that email I finished reading Alex Steffen’s book “Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century.” One his concluding comments had a surprisingly similar ring to it. Steffen said, “The bravest and most important thing any of us can do is to actively imagine a much better future: not to imagine it in the casual sense of daydreaming about it, but to imagine it in the way an architect imagines a house she is planning to build–to imagine it as reality, to try to see it whole, to lovingly dwell on its details, and to see ourselves walking through it one day.” 

I realized that is exactly what I did when I wrote my novel “Hollow Bones.” I projected myself beyond the year 2012. I designed a community for my characters to inhabit and  envisioned a new and better world for them…and everyone else. I had a lot of fun doing that, and I learned a lot. I would highly recommend you give it a try.

 What do you see when you look past 2012? I would love it if you would share your vsion of the future with me.  


  1. So how will WE write it? How shall it read when we look back on December 21, 2012? We certainly have the elements in place to destroy ourselves. The planet has experienced cataclysmic events in its history – polar shifts, ice ages, etc. No one really knows. What the Mayan’s meant with their End-Count calendar will always be up for speculation. It fires the imagination, for sure. SOooo let’s write it like we want it. That is what Chris Fenwick did in the #1 Visionary Novel: “the 100th human.” You choose…

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