Asked to write something on the future of consumption here is an imaginatively lacking response
In the Positive
We will all have enough to eat
There will be no greed
War will be at an end because the ‘stupidity’
Of the desire for power
Will have fallen away.
We will share in all units of social organisation
From the couple to the family extended to the community
The country and the continent, our turning world and far beyond
The sea will no longer be polluted and will issue forth her teeming gifts
We will eat of the local land importing only what we need since profit
Will take a low rung place to people who take what they need, no more
The eating of meat and animal products will have lessened
carbon emissions will have dropped
The future will look bright as we remain in Europe
Politics will reflect people’s true needs and politicians will be representatives
We will produce more, import less and trade will depend worldwide
On local production, each country looking after its own and others who do not have
There will be improvement in communications, one with the other, on every level
Universal wages will replace universal credit which will be at at end
We will learn each others languages
And travel freely for experience
Not because we have nowhere to live.
Terrorism will be at at end,
There will be no power imbalance
Can you hear me, there will be no power imbalance
So everything will change.
The future is now.
Begin, here, where you are, here, now
In the negative
Plastic will have so clogged the seas that sealife is at an end
Artificial hormones will have deranged our animals systems
They are unfit to eat, unhappy and unproductive
Western countries make nothing, relying on the East
Who are paid next to nothing for their labour
The tyranny of political systems will have closed
All passage of communication
The powers that be issue proclamations to the subjected
Who live and die at their behest. There is no health system
Only the fittest can survive.
The forests are long gone, gone, the powers explore space since the dying
Earth can no longer sustain them. The war to end all war which spawned the next
Left a legacy of lack of care, millions gasp for lack of air
People, drowned in mud, no longer call themselves that name
What future? What more to say? Our world is at an end. Long live the world.
Lest we forget, look up and see the sky, admire the sun for soon this planet
Will be gone. We thought the sun would cease. Cessation is our gift to the universe