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The Future is Dark, but I hope that can Change. #Reverb11

Sorry, I'm still pretty sick, so my doodlin' skills are very much suffering. Still, I promised Stereo that I would try, so here is a doodle of my cyberpunk, arm cannon kids. They have purple hair, because it's the future.

I spend a lot of time thinking about the future. I probably spend too much time thinking about it, when I should be looking to the present and figuring out how to overcome the small hurdles in the road that we have now. I can’t do that for long, though. My eyes and mind keep getting drawn back to the long haul. I have big picture moments when my mind watches a seemingly small event, a tiny decision and plays out the scenario to its conclusion. This usually means that horrible bad things will eventually come to pass.

I don’t know if that’s a sign that I have something wrong with me, or if it’s more a sign that I think humanity is an incredibly self destructive force. I don’t want to believe the later. I want to believe that with a little bit of work and simple course corrections, sooner or later, we’ll reach that utopia we all desire. A perfect wonderland of the environment and technology. A man made nirvana. I just don’t see that it can ever happen.

It seems that while we’ve been pretending to grow as a society, we’ve secretly been becoming much more selfish and destructive.

When I was running through all of the Reverb11 prompts I’ve gathered this morning, none of them really stood out and screamed, “write about me!” I had to sit down and pour over each one and let my mind absorb it, tug at it and spit something back out. In the end, it came back to the very first one I read today:

My Children Will Do it Differently – If you could choose one thing that your children will do or experience in a different way than you have, what would it be and why?

I know what I want from the future, but I don’t think it’s going to happen in one generation. My own generation, made up of selfish, whiny children that are incapable of learning or evolving, is too good at poisoning our own children for their generation to be any good at anything. I think, though, that growing up with parents as ignorant and self-involved as we are will push them to become something a little different, and maybe their kids will be back on the right track.

I hope that my descendants can live their entire lives without ever giving into the fear that stops them from doing what they know is right.

I hope that my descendants can recognize that they don’t deserve anything just because of where or when they were born, and that they have to earn what they get. I hope they remember that earning it means working for it, not stealing for it.

I hope that they can remember honor, and hold it as a guiding light when they make a decision in their lives, whether it be what to eat for dinner, or the giant political issues of their times.

I hope that when they wake up in the morning, they don’t immediately think about how horrible their day will be, and if today is the day that their government makes that last step towards collapse.

I am hoping that in the future, they take things like education and equality seriously.

I want my kids and grandkids to live in the world that I dream about. It’s a world where people are all truly equal at birth, and get what they get based on how hard the fight for it, metaphorically speaking. I wouldn’t fair well in a gladiatorial world. I want to live in a world where education is at the forefront. Not just the memorization of facts, but a real education that emphasizes learning and understanding. I want my kids to live in a world where they are taught how to learn, and then allowed to absorb everything.

I want the wonderful world of Star Trek The Next Generation.

I don’t think that’s where we’re actually headed, though. The prompt isn’t asking me for my doomsday prophecies, though. Not today! Today I get to decide one thing that they’ll do differently. So I’m deciding on this:

My kids will never back down from a challenge. They will always stand for exactly what they believe in and never be afraid to face the consequences.

Also, they will have laser cannons mounted to their arms.

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Sorry, I'm still pretty sick, so my doodlin' skills are very much suffering. Still, I promised Stereo that I would try, so here is a doodle of my cyberpunk, arm cannon kids. They have purple hair, because it's the future.

Published by M.A. Brotherton

M.A. Brotherton is a writer, blogger, artist, and fat-kid from the suburbs of Kansas City, Missouri. He’s tasted a little bit of everything the Midwest has to offer, ranging from meth-tweaking rednecks in massive underground cave complexes to those legendary amber waves of grain. When he’s not writing, he spends most of his time screwing around on the internet.

23 thoughts on “The Future is Dark, but I hope that can Change. #Reverb11”

  1. Random Girl says:

    Well said! I feel the same way, I worry what my daughter will have to deal with as an adult with the course of entitlement and selfishness that has been set before her. Rise above, that is my hope! 

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      I think we just have to make sure we teach our kids the value of hard work and determination, and to not take crap from anyone.

  2. Stereo.* says:

    This is so you, Matt. And that is why I love it (plus the fact that you included a doodle is sort of making my life right now).

    “I want my kids and grandkids to live in the world that I dream about. It’s a world where people are all truly equal at birth, and get what they get based on how hard the fight for it, metaphorically speaking.” – This is my favourite part of this post. I want nothing less for my kids.

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      I think ideally we’d all be creating in a giant bucket, raised by robot educators until age 18, and then released into the world to make for ourselves what we can.

  3. Tracy Mangold says:

    Awesomelly put. Why does awesomely make me think of smelly? Anyways, the doodle is terrific, and what you said – right on in every way.  

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      Probably because I can’t smell anything today. My entire head is filled with phlegm. I did not eat the cheesecake, though. So there is that.

  4. Roxanne says:

    I first remember you mentioning laser canon arms last week and what a great addition that would be to my conflict zone cartoon character. I hope your kids are blessed with them and that, if I ever grow them, I can be the cool aunt or something 😉 I have not given child-bearing, rearing or child-anything a lot of thought, but this post echoes my every wish for both my future, hypothetical children, and the children of the world. 

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      Laser Canon Arm is a go to for me when dealing with the future. I fully intend to have one on my robot body. 🙂 I have no intentions of ever having kids, but if I do, they will pretty much be the modern equivalent to Knights Errant, roaming the world, righting wrongs, and slaying tyranny, you know, kind of like you.

  5. Mark says:

    I vote for Cyber-Ninjas….

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      Well, they would be my kids, so there is a good possibility for both. 

  6. Geekin'Hard says:

    I’ve always said, you can never go wrong with laser cannons.

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      I know, right. They just make everything better. Laser Canons and data jacks behind the ear. That’s the type of future I want to live in. 

  7. Emma Lloyd says:

    I’m loving the laser cannons (and the other bits made me think, too)

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      Thanks, Stick with me and it will be all laser cannons and mild social commentary! That’s just how I roll. 

  8. Sara Olson-Liebert says:

    Your kids will Safety Dance and at very least watch Star Trek on future Youtube!!!! This post resonates with me. Pretty deeply. As a mother and a human.

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      I think we all want more for our kids. I also think that if we want them to get that more, we have to equip them with the skills and knowledge to earn it. Those skills are widespread, like leadership, kung fu, first aid, and building landmines, and that knowledge can be defined as “everything.” 🙂 

  9. Sara Olson-Liebert says:

    Again, your writing on this completely resonates with me right now.  We have a long ways to go to undo the damage of past generations and even ourselves on the future. But hopefully, there will be future Youtube of Star Trek? So we can show our kids the light? Thank you. Yes, we do need to show our kids “Work hard. Fight for yourself. Keep going no matter what.”

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      I often forget the most important part. “Fight for yourself” is really good, but “Fight for those who can’t.” has so much more value, and we sometimes forget that lesson is the important one. 

  10. ***C*** says:

    Having taught for many years, I can say that I have taught many extraordinary kids who were not truly self-centered and are rising above.  I expect great things from them and who are already producing great things.  I do think that we do need to start making a conscientious decision to the “it takes a village” mentality and model for kids what acceptable behavior is.  If parents aren’t necessarily the best role models for them in that regard, then kids need to be surrounded by other awesome adults in the community so they see what the new norm is.

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      I think I’ve done my best to do this in life, however, I’m pretty screwed up, and I think as a result of that, my mentorship has probably been more detrimental than constructive. I’m still growing and learning, though. I’ve come a long way, even in the last year, and I would probably do a better job of it now than I have in the past.

      I have always been part of a large family, and my parents have always seemed to embrace our friends as one of their own, and even in Eldaraenth, it is pretty normal for all adults to watch out for kids. The idea that we all take care of each other is just something that exists around me. It makes that void seem much deeper when I go out into the world and find it. I think a spirit of responsibility for the younger generations is tantamount to survival, and it feels very lacking in the world right now.

  11. Kalwen says:

    I feel there is hope yet for my children and others. I and my boys our fortunate enough to have 3  men in our lives that teach us the meaning of hard work. My father always taught me to do the work first and show them you are worthy of an incentive.  My moms husband who came later in my life instills the same words to this day. They are both still around and tell my sons the same. My husband has shown through hard work you can move up in life and I hope that both my son’s see this. With these types of people around us I can only hope that even a little rubs off on my children. I know it did me.

    1. M.A. Brotherton says:

      Not to mention all of the other great men in their lives that will ensure they grow up knowing what honor, camaraderie and teamwork means. I don’t have any doubt your sons will mature knowing what it means to earn their place in a group.

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