Ted Dobson of Equinox Farm
Imagines Life in 2044
It is with some doubt that I am writing what could easily be a ridiculous and presumptuous editorial—how could anyone know what life will look like 30 years from today? What do we know about tomorrow?
What I do have is a sense of the last 30 years and what has happened, organically speaking, in that time frame: We’ve made it through earthly hell and very high waters.
With that caveat in place, let’s begin. In 2044, capitalism and the carbon-based energy system that supports it has basically been discarded. Ah, sweet relief! Social and ecological capitalism are the new normative structures. The groundswell for a common-sense approach—justice, equality and liberty for all— has religious power that has built tremendous momentum.
Our intimate sense of self and nature, and respect for both, has been re-established. This paradigm shift, while gradual, is major: Communities have re-established healthy working relationships with the air, water and soil that they steward.
We are now the active ecological architects of our mutual destinies. This reality is an interwoven tapestry of all levels of local life interacting to maximize efficiency in an equitable, creative, multi-diverse distribution system.
We have stopped being disconnected consumers of products from elsewhere and have become intimate cultivars, from our immediate environs, of all that we need and desire.… Read the rest