Growing up on Disney love stories mean’t that any boy I ever met was doomed from the start. Luckily, the expectation of grand gestures and heartfelt monologues were all cut short when I started to really understand the idea of love. Going beyond the romantic sense, love is everywhere and everything. It is passion, kindness, wisdom and knowledge. It is in everything we do and why we do it.
My understanding of love as more than an emotion has been fed by experience and time, the future, always informed by the past. What if, however, the present was informed by the future? Through forecasting and envisioning future scenarios, the present can be made more enjoyable and treated as life itself, rather than a prototype for what is yet to come.
In the most naïve sense, the future of love might just be a technologically enhanced version of what it is today. Common sense tells me that this most likely won’t be the case and that it’s a more complex concept which is rarely understood in its entirety. For this reason, futurists study beyond their time to gain a sense of where we’re heading and what can be done to ensure the future is an enjoyable experience. Love, from a futurists perspective might include nurturing existing factors and nourishing their development for future yields, or simply, ensuring love continues to be at the core of every human. This would allow peace to prosper and defeat the evil already manifested in daily life.
Some would argue, however, that in some religious or political aspects, individuals are blinded by the extremist versions of all life, including that of love. They might perceive their actions to enforce an extreme love for particular bodies for which they would sacrifice ‘smaller factors’ for the ‘greater good.’
My understanding of love is that it embodies the good and the bad. Love attempts to answer the most difficult questions and conquer the worst of evil. In saying this, I am forced to consider one of the most immense implications of love; sacrifice.
Raised in a Catholic community, I was taught that God expressed his utmost love for humanity by sacrificing his only son. In doing this, Christians are taught to consider their actions towards others and themselves, reflecting on the greatest gift that was given to them; life.
From this perspective, a futurist might take the idea of love as an expression or that going beyond recorded history, humans use their past as a reference for their future. It is through such events that we are able to consider the idea of love as an evolving concept which is to be studied tirelessly, but will it ever be understood? The future of love, therefore, in my opinion is unknown in a sense as we can only ever attempt to really comprehend such an intricate and intangible concept. In saying so, futurists look to a point beyond their time in hope of predicting a future life informed and more importantly, shaped by the present.