These days, many people give their predictions for the year ahead. So, I thought I would do the same, but for a bit longer period.
In the past few years, the UK has had a number of extreme ‘weather’ events, with flooding, high and low temperatures – all causing much grief. Because we all are not really taking climate change seriously, I anticipate that there will be more flooding, despite any preventative measures having been taken – they are just not enough. This is because that, although we probably will not suffer tsunamis, the water levels will still reach new heights never seen before. This will affect food production and distribution, as well as house building. And even more extreme hot temperatures will bring water shortages and power outages. All this will cause many seaside areas to fall into the oceans, and agricultural land to become unworkable.
Although, we have seen a number of ‘terrorist’ attacks in the UK just recently, I do not think they will increase. But, I do see that ethnic and other divisions will increase as we all become more polarised in our views, and each group seeks to try and be in control. This will lead to more organised violence by isolated extremists, playing on the ‘fears’ of people. Also, with modern technology becoming more and more all-encompassing, hackers will become bolder and thus bring business and public services to a standstill on many more occasions than they do now. Another development will be the use of drones by criminal gangs to assassinate competitors, or to spread disease or transport drugs and other contraband, on a large scale.
It will become more confusing for people to know their identity, as it becomes ‘fashionable’ to not to continue with monogamous traditional marriages and instead enter into a variety of other forms. Despite the various projects being run today to combat loneliness, it will continue to get worse as relationships become more about sex than commitment and worth.
On a wider scale, I think that as the UK leaves the EU, other European countries will start to see regional ‘nationalism’ start to raise its head, leading to fragmentation of the EU, although it will still exist in a very loose form.
On the international front, Russia will probably start to break up due to widespread corruption and misuse of its resources and protest will become common as food becomes scarce again. China, on the other hand will increase its influence in many areas through its investments, and huge loans given to many weak countries and will overtake the USA in trade and economic power. But, because of the sheer number of people, and despite the control of the people through surveillance and the Party doctrine, their systems will be become overloaded and their debt will become very difficult to service. The Middle East will soon become a battle area for the Sunnis and Shi’ites fighting bloody battles for control, and thus Muslim influence will decline in the West. But, it will increase in Africa and many countries will break up into smaller ones along ethnic lines, and religious leaders. Boundaries will change. In America, the gap between the rich and everyone else will become so wide that the rich will leave the cities to live in mini ‘communities’ of their own in rural areas, and thus the urban areas will become large ghettos. But, because the number of consumers will decrease drastically because of poverty, the rich will start to realise they will have to invest in human beings. South America will see the Amazon forest disappear as it is given over to farming on a grand scale. This will lead to many Indian tribes being killed though violence or disease, and the planet losing a major ‘lung’ which absorbs much of our CO2.
I think, the railway system will soon be run by one or two companies and we will start to see better trains and services, but not for a few more years yet. Cars will soon all become self-charged battery operated and thus the demand for oil will dwindle. This will help reduce much pollution on our roads. But, we will continue to suffer queues due to the sheer volume and the concentration of people living in London and the South East. Until businesses realise that we are living in the 21st century and see that technology exists which means we do not have to be based in London, we will continue to have mobility problems in the south east.
More and more businesses will become automated, so people will need to develop new skills, especially in customer service, and technical abilities. This will lead to new entries into the training field on a larger scale than is currently and who will be able to offer these new skills, leaving the universities to concentrate of research. Although, we will go through a period of high unemployment in the next year or two, new jobs will become available all over the country. All businesses and employees will need to think globally, even small concerns. I also see many of the multinationals being broken up and becoming social enterprises, being more focused on community ownership. The Financial Sector will still go its merry way, despite the exposure of the Panama Papers and tax avoidance schemes. That will only change when we have a Government leadership not linked to that sector.
In the UK, the Church will shrink until it gets to the point where only those who are truly committed are left. This will lead to a steady growth, but Christians will start to face a more blatant persecution, possibly on the employment front, especially in public services, with new laws being enacted to prevent people being employed with traditional beliefs and morals. We will see more missionaries from Africa and elsewhere coming to the UK to work with the Church in its evangelism and discipling. In India, Hindu persecution will become even more violent throughout the country as the middle class start to become Christians. Despite the violence in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia will see a number of their royal family becoming Christians leading to a movement throughout the Middle East.
And finally, the Media. This will become even more centralised that it is currently, and therefore news will become even more biased and subjective, the quality of programming will deteriorate and advertising will be more blatant in its use of sex to sell products. What more do I need to say?
Of course, I do not know the future, only God knows that, but one can see certain trends. Yet, all the negative stuff can change if the Church, you and I, want it to and do something about it. There are many Christians doing just that, but everybody is needed, even if it is only to pray specifically and intelligently seeking the truth and asking God what is His will in such situations. Just remember, if Christians did not exist, this world would already be dead.
Does anyone else have any ‘predictions’?