Where Does the Future Come From?
Each person on Earth is unique. Each person has unique thoughts, emotions, and experiences and a unique view of the world. Every individual has something important to contribute to the world and a profound responsibility to do so. To lose one's sense of purpose and agency is a loss for the entire world.
It's easy to get caught up in the everyday drudgery of life. For days or even months, one can become a cog in the machinery of life, unable or unwilling to recognize this dangerous condition. One might look back with regrets at the opportunities missed and time wasted. When one loses their sense of agency—their purpose—the world is in danger.
We can't change the past, but what about the future. Where does the future come from?
One answer is from the Greek 'Futurus': the future is an extension of the past. This is useful for accounting. Next years sales will likely follow the trends of the years prior. However, this hardly predicts such amazing events as the Apollo moon landings, or such horrific events as the Holocaust. You couldn't have predicted these things based on what came before.
So if not from the past, then where does the future come from? 'Adventus' is Greek for a future which is arriving, and coming towards us. This future is open, unknown, and shaped by those individuals willing to confront it. The best way to predict the future is to build it. Be a part of it, not just a bystander. If our species is to avoid repeating the horrors of history, it's essential that we accept our role in building the future.
The loss of any individual is a loss for the entire world.
I believe that every human is full of potential and hidden depth, and that the world is full of amazing beauty. I want to build products which help us dive deeper into our own potential, and explore our world.
This all adds up for me to my goal, which is to create delightful and meaningful experiences. Let me break that down: