I recently celebrated the birthday of a 90 year old friend. A party gift was the front page of the NYT on the day of his birth.
The headlines: Conflicts overseas. Economic uncertainties at home. Many of the same headlines would resonate on today’s front page.
At the same time, think about how much our lives have changed. We live almost 40 years longer. We communicate instantly with people on the other side of the world. We wear watches with more computing power than existed in all of the 1950s.
These dramatic changes will only accelerate. That’s the thesis of a book I’m reading called The Truth About the Future. The opening quote is from Yoga Berra—”The future ain’t what it used to be.”
In other words, the future we imagined 20 years ago is not the future we will experience. We will not age in in the same way, as wearable technology will help doctors identify and treat diseases in their very early stages. We will not work in the same way, as robots replace almost any job filled with repetitive tasks.
We will not travel in the same, as self-driving cut down on driving deaths, parking spaces, and the dreaded long commutes. We will not even dress in the same way, as clothing can help monitor our health and alert us when something goes wrong.
Of course these changes are scary. And potentially dangerous. But so is every dramatic transformation.
That’s why faith and the values we find in the Bible is so critical. When the path is confusing, the map becomes more important.
The map I keep in front of me every day is a prayer called the Eilu Devarim. It reveals the ten practices—rooted in the Bible—that make for a happy and meaningful life.
My next book—which just became available for pre-order—reveals them as it tells my own story of discovery.