The slogan, ‘The future is female’, may sound encouraging, especially as it engages discussions on gender equality, it also at the same time connotes a whole lot of conflict, which is now is a topic for debate, leading some group of individuals to come up with the slogan, ‘ The future is fluid’.
Who knows, to counter their own views, some may come up with, The future is male; The future is Trans- gender; The future is Atheist; The future is Christianity; The future is Islam; The future is White; The future is Black and so on, until we exhaust what the future should be, and eventually come back to the present, which should be our focal point from the onset. At what point do we draw the line from putting the spotlight on our individual differences, to breaking down every barrier created by those same differences?
While it seems that these slogans aim at positivity in regards to our common existence, it unfortunately showcases our differences, thereby creating more division among us. It doesn’t proffer to the betterment of human race. Anyone could wake up and decide what the future should be, but first, we must survive the present. A present were all genders, race, religious beliefs, status have one stance uniting them; being humane everyday of their lives.
I, on the other hand, will work on the present, because only the present can shape the future, the way I’d like my future to be. The difference between the present and future? Everyday, is my present. The future I forsee today, will be my present tomorrow. This rule applies to all of us. Hence, my being more concerned about the present. The present dictates what the future will bring. A future that is female, who is not humane, is detrimental to the human race. The same applies to other future seekers, who are vying for who would own the future, disregarding the fact that the reason why we presently live in a world full of divide, inequality, non- acceptance, is simply because we lack humanity.
Talking about what to expect in the future, is like talking about ‘women empowerment’, instead of focusing more on ‘girl child empowerment’. Once a girl child realises she is empowered as a child, she understands that she was born equal as a right to life, as against waiting to get to adulthood, to fight for existence through equality which is the norm. Why are we always in a hurry to walk before giving a shot at crawling? Always quick to bypass the present, just so we can jump to the future. It’s almost like we’re all sub- consciously itching on working on a remake of Michael J Fox’s movie, ‘Back to the future’.
Just for a second, imagine doing away with all that reminds us of our differences, Religion, Gender, Race, Country, Status etc, and replace it with ‘Humanity’. With humanity, we become better human beings, more humane and tolerant of one another’s differences. The foreseeable future then becomes bright, encompassing all our differences in a better and more positive way. A true reflection of who we were always meant to be.
But, to achieve this future, we must live in the present, a present that is more tolerant and acceptable of our differences, without being condescending, or judgemental. So, you pick your future, I will work on my present, which I hope would break every barrier, brought about by our inhumanity to our fellow being.
“The present is humanity”.
– Ifeoma Theodore Jnr, E.