What Next

In the Bible, in John 14:12 it says,

“verily I tell you whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing and they will do even greater things than these because I am going to the Father.” (NIV, n.d.)

It makes me wonder. If a person from 2000 years ago, came today and sees what we do, would he relate the changes in our technology and abilities back to the quote from John? I also wonder if we were catapulted two thousand years into the future, what would we see and to what would we attribute it?

To understand, we would need a context. What was a person of 2000 years ago, compared to a person of today? And, what are we like in comparison to the people 2000 years from now?

The person from 2000 years ago, did not live in caves, they had cities and commerce they had urban and rural areas, and in Jerusalem, there were suburban areas.  They had commerce they worked for a living they built furniture, they fished, they grew livestock, they farmed, they paid and collected taxes, they traveled, and they knew of their world.

We do all that today. 2000 years ago they had libraries. They had medicine. They had wars and famines. They had laws and judiciary. Imagine the differences between then and now.

We often use the past to see the future.  Five years from now is easy.  Most big projects are planned five years out.  Ten is a little more gets hazy, and the further out you look, the harder it gets.

So, what do you do to know the future?  Start now.  Look at what we have now.  And ask why.

Science fiction of fifty years ago gave us great inventions we use today.  Don’t think so?  Call me on my cell phone, and we will talk.

APA: John 14:12-14, New International Version (NIV) Very truly … (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.bible.com/bible/111/jhn.14.12-14.niv

Author: Mike Balof

Director Mike Balof, M Ed, develops intensive, interactive courses for contract manufacturing and nonprofit institutions. He taught youth and adults seeking employment to represent better themselves, leading many of them to successful careers. Mike taught in corporate training, teaching adults and high school students to build computers, work as a team, and identify and fix problems using a myriad of tools from Total Quality Management(TQM), to 8-D, to Six Sigma. Now, Mike turns his talents to helping businesses and individuals reach their objectives and desires through continuous performance improvement. As we start to live in a post knowledge world, where a doubling of common knowledge shrinks from moths to days, our essential skills will include how we interact with those around us. Knowledge will already be everywhere and changing too fast to stake a particular claim. Mike believes there is hope for growth and opportunity for everyone from each years’ School dropouts to the retired baby boomers to retool and find a new career. Mike strives to present students of all ages, abilities and means with a full plate of options for learning from free and nearly free courses widely available today on the internet, and to other significant alternatives to the deep debt that so many students end up owing for education.

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