Fictional scenarios like the Star Trek stories or other "galactic pioneering tales" help us wish for a better tomorrow.
Although many of us do not have the time to wonder what our future world will look or feel like, others have spent considerable time and effort to ponder the possibilities of our future.
Like historians who study past events, there exist professional scholars that study possible events of the future. They are called futurologist and are hired by some corporations to study or forecast potential business developments.
Futurologist use past trends and current conditions to predict future events that may help in planning a better future for the corporation.
Without a clear vision of the future, some corporations may experience "future shock" and suffer the inability to cope with rapid societal and technological change.
So, without a clear understanding of important past and present events, corporate institutions and governmental bodies alike may suffer the negative effects of change that comes with most any significant future event.
Any view of the future must be scaled to a time frame in which possible significant events relate to current events - for example, how many more years in the future will the governmental body known as the United Nations still exist as a global police force? Another fifty years from now? A hundred years? A thousand years?
A futurologist would try to scale the question to a particular time frame wherein the odds of predictability make sense.
Because the U.N. has succeeded in surviving for fifty years, the odds are good it may still be around for at least another fifty years. Unless the U.N. is superseded by another global force - like the global force it replaced once called the League of Nations, the chances that it could still exist a hundred years from now would be - say 50/50.
A good futurologist would probably not even try to guess if the United Nations would still exist a thousand years from now because there exist too many chaotic environmental variables in nature that could skew the forecast data.
The art of forecasting has its limits because of the "Chaos factor" within nature. The factor in which unpredictable events exist within nature is based on chaotic forces beyond our control or knowledge. We are only mortal humans - not supreme beings that know the future as a factual reality.
For example, according to the writings of Plato, the Atlantean maritime kingdom was a league of tribal kingdoms that once ruled the northern Atlantic and Mediterranean realms - much like how the countries of the current entity called N.A.T.O. (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) does today.
Also according to Plato, this now lost maritime kingdom was destroyed by a chaotic event that was apparently unpredictable. This event, now believed to be caused by the astrophysical reactions of a rogue comet, is an example of how the "Chaos factor" within nature can significantly change the living environment whereby the Atlanteans did not predict or plan to survive such a catastrophic incident.
So, although it is possible that the United Nations could still exist a thousand years from now, natural chaotic forces would suggest it may not survive that long into the future.
Many would believe that the governmental body of the far future would be entitled something like the "United Federation of Planets" - because it assumed that humans will either colonize other planets or other beings from other planets will invite humans to join "the union".
Most astronomers will agree that other extraterrestrial life forms could exist because the numerical odds of other earth-like planets within our own galaxy favor the idea. Whether they exist and have evolved beyond the human-like primate stage is the big question that may or may not be answered in the future.
However, consider the lonely idea for a moment that, because humanity is so unique in the universe, we are just beginning an era of space exploration that could last far into the future.
There exist a computer simulation program called FRONTIER ELITE 2 that allows this scenario. It is a great action adventure program about a possible future reality wherein the player can choose most any role of a future citizen. Unlike the Star Trek view of the future, this program has no non-human beings like Vulcans or Klingons to share space with.
Perhaps our world of the far future may be like this program. Or perhaps space exploration as we know it may be limited to traveling only within our own solar system. The fictional idea of the "warp-drive" engine within futuristic spaceships that allows grater than light speed travel is only a scientific theory.
And then again, perhaps future spacecraft will use some sort of transportable electromagnetic generating force-field device on board to "squeeze" the elemental makeup of the spacecraft into a very long "super-string" charged particle-beam which is capable of traveling faster than the speed of light.
Whatever the case, our future will be exciting because technology will make it exciting.
The power of our technology is almost exploding beyond our control. We have only recently managed to keep from blowing our world apart by redirecting all the nuclear weapons once aimed at ourselves - however, until all this energy is converted into usable fuel, we still run the risk of causing a chaotic event that will forever change humanity - and most all other life on this planet.
The world of our future needs the right level of management - not too much, just the right level. Too much and you have the "big brother" syndrome and not enough you have all anarchy break out. Anarchy is not fun. Neither is absolute political authoritative power.
In fact, the freedom to have reasonable fun is what any governmental body of the future should recognize. Without it, we as a tribe of humans can not live.
One of the most interesting ways to have physical fun are the sport games we invent. The first recordable human sporting event was a foot race at the first Olympiad.
It was the length of one stadia - or 1/20 th of a nautical mile (about 100 yards). Held once a year to mark an annual event, it soon evolved into other sporting events that later became a five-day event. (The conventional belief that the Olympiads were held every 4-years may be wrong because new historical data now suggest they were annual events.)
Actually, according to Plato, the Atlanteans once had a racecourse for horses that encircled the central islet of their capital seaport. This racecourse was called the Hippodrome and was one stadia wide. (Although conventional history implies that horses did not exist in the New World at the time when the first Europeans arrived, this view is incorrect because, according to a new historical overview of Western History, the time-line of conventional history itself is incorrect.)
So perhaps the first documented sport for fun was a horse race held occasionally at the seaport city of Atlantis.
Of all the non-ball sport games we invent for fun, perhaps the race of water craft - in particular sailing water craft, can be the most invigorating because participating crew members experience the action event together.
Unlike horse racing - which can be stressful or harmful to the animal, or car racing - in which one driver is driving the team, sailing water craft include a working crew that race in a healthy environment.
Now that spectators can experience the action by way of portable cameras, this growing sport offers a world in which many people can experience the technological and physical challenge of true competition between other nations.
The byproducts of such races are not only a better understanding of water craft design technology, but also a better understanding of ourselves because the more non-violent ways we can physically communicate, the safer the human race and our future will be.
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