2012: Ten Simple Ways Futurists Will Survive and Thriveand How You Can Too!
Jed Diamond, Ph.D. has been a marriage and family counselor for the last 44years. He is the author of 8 books, including
Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, Male Menopause,
The Irritable Male Syndrome.
He is working onhis next book,
After The Crash: How to Survive and Thrive When the Ship of Civilization Sinks.
He offers counseling to men, women, and couples in his officein California or by phone with people throughout the U.S. and around the world.To contact Dr. Diamond, send an e-mail toJed@MenAlive.comor visit him atwww.MenAlive.com.I’ve been researching and writing about the coming earth changes since 1995and so was interested in seeing how the movie,
compared to what Ibelieve we face in the near future. The movie contains some nuggets of wisdom,but they are so far buried beneath the crashing buildings and Los Angeles beingsucked into the earth that they are nearly impossible to find.I went to the movie last Tuesday night. My wife, Carlin, didn’t want to go. “Itsounds too crazy and violent for me,” she said. Since it was two days beforeThanksgiving and the kids were out of school, the theater was packed with pre-teen and post-teen agers using the movie as an excuse to be together.One young couple spent most of the movie doing what I used to call “makingout” but which is more modernly called “suck face.” What we call something, I’vecome to believe, has significance. For us “making out” included a whole lot of play, including, but not limited to deep kissing. But if the behavior of this youngcouple was any indication, “suck face” was just that. They spend long periods of time simply sucking—no touchy-feely, no moans and groans. It reminded memore of a baby sucking on a breast than passionate teenagers learning aboutadult sex.I wonder whether the current teen fascination for oral sex is really anexpression of frightened youth longing for the safety and comfort of a mother’snourishment and protection. We live in a world that is turning upside down inmany ways. It isn’t just young people who are frightened and concerned and noone seems prepared for what is coming.Well, some people are preparing and trying to help others prepare. They arecalled “futurists.” There are two primary types of futurists. One type believesthat the Scripture prophecies of the Apocalypse (the Book of Revelation) will befulfilled in the future. The other type includes researchers and scientists who areexploring possible, probable, and preferable futures.I’m the latter type of futurist. I became interested in futures studies when Igraduated college in 1965 went to medical school, then graduate school. The