In the course of time, many theories on how the future will shape the world have emerged. Different theorists have tried to advance their ideas into the mainstream thinking cohorts by using logic and imagination. Since nobody knows what will happen in the future, it is safe to assume all theories will be proven only by the passing of time. Recent events have showed that one cannot predict the future with absolute certainty. For instance, the recent election of an African American president shows that different races can unite together on a platform of equality. This was unheard of in the past. Also, as education continues to trickle into the most remote of locations, women are gaining empowerment and rising to the higher echelons of power. In the future, one can expect to witness greater equality in gender.
In his book, Liquid Modernity, Bauman advances the notion that human beings are influenced by the activities that take place in their daily lives (Bauman, 2000). The present generation is bombarded with numerous decisions that one has to make. These range from career decisions, to social and political aspects of life. With all these aspects needing careful balancing, one may find themselves going through life in a haze, without carefully planning for its course.
Wallerstein claims that geopolitical divide will shape the future. Geopolitics refers to the effects of geographical location of a country to the political and economical association with other countries. The author stresses on the tension between the USA, European Union and Japan. There is also mention on the struggle between the North and South. As much as this is true, it cannot be the only factor that will be responsible for creating the path for future generations.
The above theories are plausible. However, they need some improvement in order to stand on their own. For instance, Wallerstein’s theory on geopolitics would be much stronger than it is presently if it is coupled with a few ideas from Stuart’s theory. In his theory, about globalization and ethnicity, Stuart says that countries will fight to get their identity back. Using the example of Britain, its identity has been eroded by a number of factors that include migration and overreliance on globalization. Following this logic, it is probable to assume that countries will take the effort of establishing a position of power in the global stage. This will cause power struggles that are likely to be resolved by alliances. By combining the two arguments, one comes up with a solid and workable theory.
In the quest to forecast the future, one has to look at all the social aspects that will be employed. Gender is one of the most essential factors that are shaping the future. According to Sassen, feminist economics will take up a significant portion of future development. Women account for the large portion of the labor market. In developing countries, there are many women who are in the unskilled labor market. When it comes to unpaid work, such as parenthood, women make up for most of the group. When one is focusing on global economics, they hence have to consider the role that both genders play. Gone are the days when men were the breadwinners and the women would just sit at home and await the bacon. This argument should be used together with the notion of liquid modernity. As women slowly take into dominating the power platforms, men may be thrown out of their comfort zones. According to Sassen, women immigrants are receiving scholarship grants to help prepare them for leadership positions (Lemert, 2010). It would not be surprising if women became the superior gender in the future.
Whatever direction the future takes, there will be room for everyone who prepares diligently for any eventualities. Countries need to harness their resources for development, so that they will have a fighting chance in the struggle for power. This phenomenon is imminent. The future will take a course that will be beneficial for all