In Ayn Rand‘s novel, “Atlas Shrugged“, America crumbles socially and technologically because of increasing government intervention in business and the economy, all in the name of “the people” or “the social welfare” or “the common good”. The results are that the “common good” kinda get it in the shorts, as prices rises, food becomes scarce (because government fixed prices, ostensibly to ensure cheap supply), wages stagnate, jobs disappear (because job creating entrepreneurs and industrialists are hounded or taxed out of existence, or until they go on strike, which is the basic theme of the novel), and vital commodities become scarce – things like copper for electric conductors, and oil  – and trains that run on oil are forced to use coal-powered locomotives (and then coal runs out, again because of government interference which prevents businesses from making a profit and so they go bankrupt, and they are forced to use wood, if they can find it).

Of course, this is fiction and anyway it was written over 50 years ago and clearly has no relevance to the world of today.

So I really have no idea why it came to mind when I read that Tepco is planning to install 2 coal-powered plants at Fukushima.

We read the news every day, we hear it and see it on TV, the Internet, the radio. The news tends to be negative (as Prince Charles once famously complained), and this in turn must inevitably have an effect on us, on our imaginations and our hopes for the future.

So how about imagining the kind of future we would like to have and to see? Here’s a game I’ve been playing recently.

“This is a game. I’m playing. This would be a very different future.” Say those words out loud, or write them down, and then see what pops into your mind. Write it down, or say it aloud. Keep writing, Keep speaking.

You can imagine several future realities, one after the other, or just focus on one and describe it in detail, or switch back and forth between those two.

I don’t know if this will have any effect on future realities. But whether it does or not, it definitely affects your own imagination and energy in positive ways.

(I got this exercise from a workshop given by Jon Rappoport. Visit his website for more details. He writes regularly on his blog on a number of related topics. I’m not affiliated with Rappoport in any way.)

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