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Cosmic Quote #69

“The future always comes too fast and in the wrong order.”–Alvin Toffler

Alvin Toffler

Alvin Toffler

No funny chickens for this one.   The world lost its foremost futurist in the past week,  a man who was one of my heroes.   Alvin Toffler taught the world how to think about the future some 45 years ago.  It’s a lesson the world should relearn.   I read Future Shock away back in 1973–and have been thinking about it–and the future–ever since.

Writing in the New York Times on July 6, Farhad Manjoo lays out clearly and concisely why Toffler’s ideas are so relevant today.  I highly urge you to read this piece, and to read Future Shock if you’ve never done so.  I intend to reread it now.  We have never needed foresight more than we do today.

My foresight related blog is available at www.seekingdelphi.com

Comments

  1. Thank you for posting this. I haven’t looked into his writings, and am now going to pick up a copy of Future Shock to read.

    • It’s 45 years old–but his warnings about the pace of change are more relevant now than ever. Much of the craziness we see in the world today–in my less than humble opinion–is generated by a world changing faster than most can cope with. Thanks for visiting and following.

  2. Just out of curiosity, how do you come up with the numbers for your cosmic quotes? Are they random?

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