LiNE Zine - Tomorrow’s Too Late by Jay Crosshttp://www.linezine.com/7.2/articles/jcttl.htm3 of 63/9/08 1:53 PM
“Stuff” happens. It doesn’t need to.
"One word sums up probably the responsibility of any vice president, andthat one word is 'to be prepared'." Dan QuayleAs a Boy Scout, I carried waterproof matches, a hunting knife, and aflashlight on hikes so I would Be Prepared. This gave me a sense of security for the day but did nothing to prepare me for life beyond. Ididn’t think about the future much and didn’t do much to prepare for it.Why was I so shortsighted?Beside the fact that I was young, my brain, like yours, evolved when ourancestors were the naked hunters (and the hunted) who survived on thesavannah by living in the moment. In a world of eat-or-be-eaten, “longterm” was not a concept.For me, the future seemed so far away. I had no appreciation of consequences. I didn’t think about what tomorrow would bring. I didn’tknow what to prepare for. These are not valid reasons to put off preparing for the future.Also, the future has changed. Sanitation and health care have tripled thehuman life span, and corporations outlive their founders. Most of us willlive into what we now think of as the long term.
Time isaccelerating,and we’llget thereeven soonerthan weexpect. Thepast wasleisurely.Today thefuture isrushingtoward us.Unnatural asit feels, wemust projectourselvesmonths andyears aheadto startgettingready. Snap judgments