I have a weird philosophy on the future: Don't wait for the inevitable if it's something you want.
Every time I hear someone say, "someday we'll be able to..." or "in a few years, it won't be unusual to..." I consider what they're suggesting will be commonplace. If it's something I also believe is is inevitable and worthwhile, I try to start doing it now rather than later.
What's the point of waiting, really?
I'm reminded of this all the time. The recent undoing of California's acceptance of gay marriage was one popular example. The general consensus among reporters and much (but certainly not all) of the population is that it's just a matter of time. Gay marriage will be legalized.
Well, shit. If enough of us can agree that something is going to happen and that it's a Good Thing, what are we waiting for?
This seems to happen all the time and I'm not sure why.
Update: There's a good response (The Future) over on Obfuscated Networking which talks about the "Wired Syndrome" a bit, gay marriage, and finally concludes with: "See the future? Do what you can to implement it."
Amen to that!
And, hey, there's even a joke about a mathematician, physicist, and fire. :-)
Posted by jzawodn at August 28, 2004 07:35 PM