According to Dr. Bryan Alexander, there are four possible outcomes that will happen by the year 2022.
1. Phantom Learning
2. The Lost Decade
3. Alt. Residential
For this blog post, i decided to focus on “The Lost Decade” – my take on what will happen in the year 2022 according to Bryan Alexander.
Currently (2012), we are taking energy for granted, ignoring the cries of foreign countries for basic human needs (food, water, etc) and killing one another for territorial reasons. The world seems to be nothing but a large scale battlefield. Greed and corruption are the primary characteristics of today’s leaders. Children are starving, jobs are being cut, and lives are being taken unnecessarily. Can it get any worse? Well, according to Dr. Bryan Alexander, it is certainly a possibility….
Welcome to THE LOST DECADE.
Although Dr. Alexander focuses primarily on the education system, i believe that if we go down “the lost decade” path, the focus will shift towards humanity as a whole. Global economic meltdown, world hunger, poverty, disease, a perpetual drop in energy availability, etc. will cripple every possible sector on earth. In the year 2022, the earth will literally be fighting for it’s very life. Yes, it is true that many of these “events” are already occurring in many parts of the world, but we as Americans are none the less, relatively well off. Many of us still have the luxury of worrying about when the next iPad will be released. We are able to drive cars (well, not for long with the rising gas prices..), take the weekend off to relax, and enjoy the little things in life. None of this will be possible in the lost decade.
I understand that this blog post assignment requests that i talk about how my personal life will be effected in the year 2022, but I believe it is necessary to talk about the possible scenario on a global scale….
The streets will be in chaos, the government will completely discombobulate, and EVERYONE will be fighting to survive. The education system? What education system? Education as we know it will be distinguished. Colleges will begin closing it’s doors one by one due to lack of funding, students will drop out of school due toe the fact that no jobs are available, etc. Healthcare? no such thing. Services for the elderly and needy? None. Technology as we know it will come to a halt, for innovators will be non existent. Sounding a little too sci-fi? Not really. This is completely possible if the we continue to abuse our natural resources and harm one another needlessly. Human companionship as we know it will theoretically disappear. Every possible detrimental factor will be perpetuated into full effect during this time period (Murder, disease, starvation, malnutrition, etc). It truly will be the end of humanity as we know it.
Although what i mentioned above is certainly a (farfetched) possibility, i sincerely hope we do not walk this particular path. We as humans have the ability to create as much as we do the ability to destroy. We can love as well as hate. We all need to contribute what we can generously, and spend what we have sparingly. It is not too late to change the direction in which we are heading towards (TLD). We must think of possible long term consequences for every action we take as not only individuals, but as citizens of the world.