Today I wrote a letter to myself to read in 30 days after I finish a leadership program. Even for just a short period, it’s interesting to consider what the world (and you) will be like when reading the letter later on.
I think this is the attraction of time capsules – the idea of intentionally putting something aside to reopen in X months, years or decades. It gives us the chance to imagine what the world will be like on that concrete future date, not just the vague future.
Let’s consider what it would be like to create a time capsule for 50 years from now. What would we put in it? Maybe more importantly, what will the world be like in 50 years on April 19th, 2071?
Certainly there’s a lot we can consider. For me, my mind immediately jumps to climate change and how it will have impacted our world and the people with whom we share it.
The connection with time capsules and climate change can actually help us think about our actions today. Because putting carbon into the atmosphere has a delayed effect on our planet, we are in a sense collectively creating a time capsule that will impact us in 50 years.
While creating a time capsule is a single moment in time, our actions related to our environment are continuous. However, it’s still a helpful and sobering yet motivating thought experiment to consider that our actions today will be revealed in 2050. What will we put in this time capsule today, this year, and this next decade?