There are only three moments in the history of humankind. Yesterday, today and tomorrow! We traverse through these three moments every day, every minute, and every epoch of time, consciously or unconsciously ! Various forms of consciousness emerge out of these interactions. Political consciousness, digital consciousness, ethnic consciousness, racial consciousness, class consciousness etc. There are many more ways of seeing time.
Yesterday, we have seen ages of empires and nation states. We witnessed the ages of dictators and philosophers. We traversed the ages of wars and epidemics. We read, re-read and interpret the instances and phases of time. Some of call us study them under the frameworks of history, archaeology and geography. Thus yesterday is as materialistic as the hardest element you find in the periodic table !
Today is as brief as a ‘do it now’ moment ! It is the confluence of our present experiences, past engagements, and future expectations. Hence it is chaotic and complex as you can imagine. Thus in a minute measure of time, myriads of events are happening. Today is an age of data, as they say. Today is an age of information, as they say.Today is an age of finance capital. Today is the age of global trade and market economy. Nothing cryptic about it!
What about tomorrow? Heaps of predictions are flying around us. Visionaries say it may be an age of advanced analytics, age of visual culture, age of big picture, age of design thinking, age of digital imagination and so on. Will tomorrow be more ordered or chaotic than today? It is not a plain yes / no question to answer. We aspire to control tomorrow more precisely than yesterday and today. The question is whether it is possible?
If we observe our lives more closely now, we can understand that tomorrow is already happening. We are living in the world of predictions and prescriptions. Prescriptive analytics is as popular as predictive or diagnostic analytics. We predict weather, epidemics, elections, global trade, future of investments etc.
Now coming back to our earlier reflections about the entities and nature of time, we need to think how is time evolving as it is now? Time is non-linear. When we look back into the time zones, it is more ordered with webs of knowledge and ignorance interwoven. When we look at the current space time, it is chaotic and dynamic, with webs of knowledge and information encircling each other. What about looking into the time zones of tomorrow. It is the height of uncertainty. The only thing we can do is to create minute integrals of fragmented predictions about future.
We know that future will not be perfect as we imagine. Yet we can create some specific events in future through our control over certain political and economic realities. Though we can manufacture some episodes of time, the larger pie of future will be beyond our imagination. Hence time and space in future will offer more exciting challenges at a faster pace than today. Hence agility in imagination and analytics will be one of the essential DNA for survival for any enterprise or community or ethnic race or individual entrepreneur.