Managing the future
‘The only immediate utility of all sciences is to teach us how to control and regulate future events by their causes.’
David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding (1748)
In this evocative statement, Hume urges humanity to regulate the future based on an understanding of how causes produce events. The future cannot be managed without foreknowledge gained by studying causes. This kind of foreknowledge may be used to change direction if need be so we’re always moving in the right direction – that is, towards sustainable, long-term advancement.
As a believer in futurology, it’s a dream that every person, organisation and society in the world should become proactive, fully conscious of the power to better control the ...