The Futures Are Now

Friday I had drinks with a friend, the father of two tweens. He told me that his natural urge to put a positive spin on things for them has been derailed by this cultural moment. “I can’t lie to my kids,” he said. “These are the worst times in our country since I’ve been alive.” I walked home and thought about whether I agreed. And I realized that our communications technology advanced before we did, and the results thus far have been both utopic and dystopic. We live in two countries. More than that, we now live in two futures.

"All, everything I understand, I understand only because I love."
― Leo Tolstoy