Kiran’s Vision: A Straw Poll of 14 Arabaev University Students

This past Thursday, after sharing ALWAYS with my fifth year students I asked them to help me with research necessary as I work on FUTURE CHRONICLES: THE FIRST FIVE HUNDRED YEARS OF THE AGE OF SPACE. I gave them a document with the eight points of Kiran’s vision listed and asked them to write in: How many years until _______. That is, how many years from now until these visionary items are fulfilled. Here are their results (14 students – these are the averages of their responses):

 

One student wrote right down the page, covering all  — “It will be possible  when we will change our mind and take care our nature and life.”

 

Here are the rest of the responses:

Abundant Food – 49 years

Clean Air – 392 years

Safe Water – 226 years

Clear streams – 119 years

Tigers – 154 years

Whales – 189 years

Health – 158 years

Safe home – 160 years

Music, arts – 250 years

One God – 654 years –

Four students wrote 1000; one wrote 500; one wrote Now; two wrote Possible; four wrote Impossible; one wrote possible-many many centuries; one wrote, quoting The Koran, when ALL worship Allah.

 

This will be most helpful to me as I write future history. I believe that we will accomplish all, except the last, within the next two hundred years. My students’ responses, though they do not know as much of the future history as I do, are very close to my own. Except CLEAN AIR.  I expect Earth’s air will be clean within 150 years.

AND AND AND — this survey has brought me to a realization that everyone acknowledging one God will not happen. My expectation – read this in FUTURE CHRONICLES – is that there will continue to be a plethora of different religious experiences/practices/organizations, but very little proselytizing.  We’ll allow others freedom of expression and worship.

 

Professor WarrenHall Crain

Arabaev University, Bishkek

23 March 2015

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7 Comments on “Kiran’s Vision: A Straw Poll of 14 Arabaev University Students”

  1. Sandra Breuer

    The student who wrote “It will be possible when we will change our mind and take care of our nature and life” goes to the very heart of the matter.Because we don’t have hundreds of years to reach Kiran’s vision. We will destroy the planet (or the planet’s ability to sustain life) long before that. We must begin to pull back drastically on fossil fuels and carbon emissions within the next 30 to 50 yesrs, and that will happen only when those who have the power to make these changes are persuaded to change their minds.

  2. WarrenHall

    My students understand the urgency of global warming — their average response on the time it will take for us to have clear air on Planet Earth is 392 years. This mirrors, I think, the thought which is in most people’s minds that we will NOT deal with global warming — at least not in the near future.

  3. Jagdish

    Hi WarrenHall,
    I’m a fan of The Message and I’m really intrigued by this model for a utopian future. I was hoping to ask: what might the currency be under this utopian purpose? Would currency be needed, and if so would it be different than what we currently use, and if so what might be optimal for accomplishing Kiran Verma’s vision?

    P.S. I have a friend currently in Peace Corps Kyrgyzstan and she let me know that you are doing amazing work at your site!

  4. WarrenHall

    In the fifth century of the Age of Space (SA), there are six currencies used worldwide – Euro, Dollar, Rand, Rupee, Peso, Yuan. You’ll be ble to read more about this in FUTURE CHRONICLES: FIVE HUNDRED YEARS OF THE AGE OF SPACE (expected publication in September2016.
    Who is your friend in Kyrgyzstan? I’m here in Bishkek as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

  5. Jay Locke

    I thought that a futuristic societal ideal based on this work of Indian poetry was an interesting idea, and I’m looking forward to your upcoming literary work.

  6. Kitty

    If the world doesn’t destroy itself, I believe there will be many devastating changes in this century, and for one reason or another, the population a hundred year from now will be substantially smaller.

  7. WarrenHall

    Kitty, I quite agree that there will be enormous changes in this century, many of which will include devastating loss of life. Nevertheless, I remain abundantly hopeful for this planet and for all life forms here. This is why I ended both Parts One and Two of THE MESSAGE with the marvelous poem which my friend Kiran wrote that evening in 2033 at the Khajuraho Dance Festival. WarrenHall

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