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... or, like we say in French, futur antérieur. Meaning "coming first, before, prior to..." Don't you like this idea... the future set before the past ?? Well, you also call it future perfect, don't you ? I like the idea of some ideal future, too, I must admit.

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Comment by Larry on June 23, 2010 at 7:42pm
True, Athena. There's also a lot of forces trying to hold progress back. Plus, one person's vision of a future utopia is another person's dystopia.
Comment by Athenaprime on June 22, 2010 at 8:59pm
This reminds me a lot of the famous quote--"Two things you never want to see being made are laws and sausages." And maybe the future, too. It reminds us that there's a lot of hard work that goes on to make progress.
Comment by Stefan on June 22, 2010 at 9:19am
I couldn't agree more with you, Larry, and I truly feel this is the very best reward I can get for my time and efforts !
Comment by Larry on June 21, 2010 at 7:24pm
Stefan, isn't that one of the purposes of art? To get people thinking and talking about issues that they might not otherwise consider?
Comment by Stefan on June 21, 2010 at 8:55am
A very thought-provoking picture I've made, it seems... !
Comment by Larry on June 20, 2010 at 6:10pm
One thing just happened to show this really is hope. It's in the fact that there are still good people in the world. Last night a giant limb off a big tree that I have in my front yard broke and was hanging half down. Some of my neighbors came over, without me asking me, and volunteered to take it down for us. They knew that I walk with a cane most of the time due to my poor health.

Yes, there are good people still in the world. And that's where the hope for a better future is.
Comment by Cap'n Tony on June 20, 2010 at 5:30pm
Goregeous, Stefan, as always, and very elegantly put, Caerulctor.

I've been thinking about the past, present and future of the Future a lot lately and all this jives with that. It's one of the things that I think we've truly lost as a culture and society. The Future, Hope (as more than a campaign slogan), and Progress (as more than a political buzz word).

Michael Chabon goes into this in his short essay The Omega Glory, mentioning how heartbroken his 10-year-old self would be to know that in 2010 there'd be no hydroponic farms in Manhattan (well, other than the pot growers) and worse, how shocked he'd have been to know his own kids wouldn't care about the Future at all.
Comment by Larry on June 20, 2010 at 3:19pm
There's a lot of cool stuff going on in this artwork. First, there's the great "better living through chemicals" style propaganda, which you really captured. Second, the color tone along with the advertisements sitting in front of the creepy building adds a dark humorous edge to it.

I agree Caerulctor about how people see the future. Good analysis. Much of that I think comes in that we look around and while we have cool gadgets (the internet, cable TV, MP3 players and such) it's not the future we were promised. Pollution, war, terrorism, crime, poverty... the list goes on. Rather than things getting better the best it seems that we can hope for in the future is that it doesn't get worse and there's a lot of reasons to think it could.
Comment by Caerulctor on June 20, 2010 at 2:49pm
I'm not sure most people believe in the future any more. Not so much that they're pessimistic that the sun will rise tomorrow, but that they have abandoned the belief that tomorrow will be any different from today: that the best they can hope for from the future is more of the same.

That's what makes looking at past versions of the future more than an exercise in nostalgia. Something must have changed to create such a widespread, deep sense of despair or ennui about future prospects. And it wasn't just that the world became worse; there were high hopes for the future in the darkest years of the Great Depression, or in the most dangerous years of the Cold War. Was that just escapism or naïveté? Or was it more of a sense of the world turning under one's feet, moving you ahead whether you liked it or not? And yet somewhere along the line, that same rotation that brought you ahead into a new dawn day after day came to feel like a treadmill, where continual change means that everything really stays the same.

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