“It’s those who are the least willing to accept the facts who are the ones most likely to be negatively impacted by their arrival!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
What a strange world we find ourselves in.
People don’t believe in science anymore, discount the lessons of history, and constantly make up their own reality.
As a futurist, I’ve had to integrate this denial of reality into my predictions for realty going forward. It’s not always easy, but sometimes the impact of these trends are pretty obvious.
Take health care – read my post, “The Emerging Health Care Reality Crisis.”
Here’s what I wrote:
“Much of my work as a futurist is based on science, facts, research, stuff that really isn’t up for debate.
Clearly there are vast sections of the population today who do not believe in science. They don’t believe in facts. They don’t believe in much other than what they want to believe in.
Their belief system will increasingly drive their attitude and understanding of their healthcare circumstances.
Going forward, this new reality will prove to be a tremendous challenge for the healthcare system.
Essentially, lots of people are going to succumb to lifestyle disease — diabetes, heart disease, obesity related illness. They will refuse to accept the science based fact that what they eat, how they live, and what they do (or don’t do) are directly responsible for their condition.
They will be fed information that will lead them to believe that it is not their fault. They will choose to read information that absolves them of blame. The healthcare system will not have the funding, resources or money to deal with them.
Many will die an early death.
Take a look at the maps in that blog post, and tell me if you disagree with the premise behind my trend forecast. It would-be difficult to do so.
This denial of reality bleeds into all kinds of other trends in other industries – and it has had to become a big part of what I consider as I look forward into the future.