Future Shock is a book written by the futurist Alvin Toffler in 1970. In the book, Toffler defines the term “future shock” as a certain psychological state of individuals and entire societies. His shortest definition for the term is a personal perception of “too much change in too short a period of time”.
I have not had any experience of ‘future shock’. Nor am I now experiencing one despite all kinds of weird things happening all around us globally, nationally and locally. There simply is no ‘too much change in too short a period of time’. Change is certainly taking place, but to me at least it seems as though it is in slow motion like this:
I have had my share of shocks in my life and have survived them quite successfully. With age, I have learnt not to be shocked by many things that would have shocked me in my youth. I doubt very much that anything can shock me any more.
Shackman has suggested this week’s topic. You can see what the other writers of the LBC have to say in their respective blogs. Maria, Pravin, Ashok and Shackman.