Amy Lansky
Published: 08/12/2020

If you have read my book Active Consciousness or have become familiar with my writing in general, then you know that having a vision of the future is what brings it into being. Toward that end, here is the bright future that lies ahead…

I have a dream. That the increasing possibility for and advantages of remote work will trigger a remarkable shift in human living patterns. Leaving crowded, expensive, and cramped quarters in the big cities, young families will now move to smaller and more affordable towns, bringing with them renewed energy and new ideas. That these once languishing rural outposts experience a rekindling of their past vigor and find new purpose. That these small towns also have the wisdom to enact laws that prevent gentrification and displacement and instead encourage cross-fertilization between new and old citizens. I have a dream!

I have a dream. That the newly reinvigorated towns dotting our landscape evolve in a remarkably wholesome way. Their local governments will now be composed of engaged people who bring new thoughts and old ideas together, merging big-city blue and small-town red into vibrant purple. The creativity and future-minded energy of the newcomers will blend with the experience, neighborliness, and grounded qualities of the old-timers. Wisdom from the region’s indigenous beginnings is sought out and welcomed too. I have a dream!

I have a dream. That the exodus from the big cities will bring to these once-frenetic citadels a calming of energy and pace. Their now diminished populations will enable service and support workers to once again live close to their jobs and in an affordable way. The new proliferation of electric self-driving cars will have a calming influence on pollution and tension as well. Shared public transport will be increasingly used. And weekend visits to the newly vibrant nearby towns will become a joyful diversion, which will also further invigorate them. I have a dream!

I have a dream. That the spreading out and localization of life on Earth changes the way we grow food and what we eat. All of us now have more room for home gardens. Local farms are able to serve the capacity of their region. Pesticide-free, renegerative agricultural practices become the norm and mitigate climate change. Waterways and the air are cleaner. Food is once again nutritious. The need for artificial medicines now lessens and local natural healers are able to handle most problems and become the norm. I have a dream!

I have a dream. That the localization of life also brings with it a lowered tendency towards global power and control. While we are definitely more interconnected globally, our local environments are more unique and creative. Although many jobs have become automated, it is handiwork and creativity — the personal touch — that is now most valued. The arts flourish. Each person becomes freer to follow their personal gifts and inclinations. I have a dream!

I have a dream. That this vision of our purple future is taking place worldwide. That we all look back on 2020 as the beginning of this change. That we know with certainty and trust that everything has happened for a reason — a reason that we couldn’t have understood or foreseen at the time. That our new human experience of life on Earth is unlike anything from the past and that, finally, we can say: humanity has reached a golden age. It is an age that we now know was fostered and nurtured by the force we call Gaia — the consciousness of our planet. I have a dream!

Explore More

I, Not Robot

I, Not Robot

Way back in 1996 -- almost 30 years ago! -- I wrote a paper called Consciousness As An Active Force. It became the seed from which my book Active Consciousness (2011) grew. The paper talked about the common desire of AI researchers of that time to create a machine or...

Finding America

Finding America

When my husband Steve and I embarked on our first voyage across America in September 2021, we thought we were merely looking for a new place to spend our summers, given that we could no longer go to our usual haunts in Canada. But within just a day after leaving...

What Happened to Silicon Valley?

What Happened to Silicon Valley?

It's been about a year since I posted my last article, "Looking for America." Steve and I did finally find our new homeland. We moved to South Carolina in September 2022, arriving for good at our new home exactly one year, to the day, after we originally left on our...


  1. blakeArt®

    Fantastic… excellent direction & from the benevolent, creative source.

  2. Looking for America –

    […] era might be the turning point that yields a more purple future for America. I wrote about this in August 2020.  As far as I’m concerned, this migration could end up being a wonderful thing for the […]


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *