26 May 2009

It's the End of the World As We Know It

Things are not looking good in the lectionary readings this morning. I see lots of gloom and doom here. For instance, take this excerpt from the Old Testament reading:

"Disaster comes upon disaster, rumor follows rumor; they shall keep seeking a vision from the prophet; instruction shall perish from the priest, and counsel from the elders. The king shall mourn, the prince shall be wrapped in despair, and the hands of the people of the land shall tremble. According to their way I will deal with them; according to their own judgments I will judge them. And they shall know that I am the Lord." (Ezekiel 7:26-27)

We are living through days of dramatic change perhaps not seen since the Industrial Revolution. Where are we headed? Some people make their living predicting where we are heading and due to the open nature of the web at this time we are able to read their thoughts for free. Strategic Trends is an independent view of the future produced by the Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC), a Directorate General within the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD). It is a source document for the development of UK Defence Policy and covers their predictions of trends in the world from 2007-2036.

Strategic Trends presents an understanding of the changes that are likely to take place
during the next 30 years, by considering major trend-based outcomes in 5 dimensions:
• Resource.
• Social.
• Political.
• Science and Technology.
• Military.

If you want to know the future, read the source documents of those who plan the future. The 106 page PDF file is available for free download at

Larry Norman: "I Wish We'd All Been Ready."

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