10.24.2011

howard zinn on not predicting the future

There is a tendency to think that what we see in the present moment will continue. We forget how often we have been astonished by the sudden crumbling of institutions, by extraordinary changes in people's thoughts, by unexpected eruptions of rebellion against tyrannies, by the quick collapse of systems of power that seemed invincible.

Howard Zinn

6 comments:

allan said...

Amen.

laura k said...

Amen.

I believe our man Howard would have approved.

johngoldfine said...

Inarguable from the macrohistory POV Zinn offers, but all of us who invest, who buy property and insurance, who make wills, who support charities, who marry, who have babies, who study for degrees--and who protest!--we are all making small personal bets on the future and what it will be like and are attempting to predict outcomes from present trends.

laura k said...

Well sure, we all want to believe the future will take a certain shape and form. It's necessary to our daily lives that we do so. But we have no idea what will happen, in either the micro or the macro sense.

We all know there are no guarantees in life, whether it be in real estate investments appreciating in value, landing a great job after graduate school or the continuation of global capitalism.

johngoldfine said...

"...landing a great job after graduate school..."

Many of your readers are pulling for your eventual future at the Mississuaga PL. We are even predicting it!

laura k said...

Thank you, John. :)