By Adam, B., Groves, C.
Destiny issues issues modern methods to the long run - how the longer term is understood, created and minded. In a social global whose speed keeps to speed up the longer term turns into an more and more tough terrain. whereas the point of interest of social lifestyles is narrowing all the way down to the current, the futures we create each day forged ever longer shadows. "Future issues" addresses this paradox and its deep moral implications. It locates modern ways to the longer term in a much broader sociological and old framework of practices, lines changes and continuities, and exhibits how modern practices of futures-construction make taking accountability for futures all yet very unlikely.
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The source of their visions and knowledge is thus external to them. Moreover, whether sacred or secular in nature, prophecies disclose something that is pre-existing and/or pre-designed, yet opaque for the fated recipients. Thus, for example, both Greek and Nordic mythologies are replete with stories about attempts to avert the prophesied fate that have been thwarted, and foretold futures that invariably have come to pass. Furthermore, whereas the work of the shaman is active, that of the prophetic medium is marked by a more passive receptivity.
Both these conditions have inevitable knock-on eﬀects for the fulﬁlment of promises, irrespective of whether those making the promises are economists, politicians or scientists. In the case of projections, therefore, scientists have no privileged position with respect to the certainties of their promised results because they have abandoned the territory of secure past-based knowledge upon which the logic of their investigation of the future is founded. Contemporary experts on the future have set themselves the task to engage with these issues and confront the diﬃculties associated with knowing and telling the uncertain future which we have begun to outline in this chapter.
The means they use to achieve these ends, however, diﬀer signiﬁcantly and so do their respective underlying belief systems. The shaman is an ancient ﬁgure whose magic was (and to a lesser extent still is) valued in cultures across the globe: East and West, North and South (Drury 2000; Lippincott et al. 1999; Shaw 1997: 236–7). Shamans act as bridges between the terrestrial and celestial worlds, between earth, gods and spirits. For Australian Aboriginal shamans, for example, the extraterrestrial world is the dreaming time, the realm of creation and destiny where everything is preﬁgured and to which all souls return at the point of death.
Future Matters by Adam, B., Groves, C.