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  • By Caitlin Johnstone

Future Generations, If There Are Future Generations


Future generations, if there are future generations, will scarce believe that our species once stockpiled armageddon weapons on purpose, once built our entire civilization around economic models that could only result in the destruction of our biosphere, once permitted corporations who profit from war to successfully lobby policymakers to start more wars, once warehoused living beings in factory farms where they were tortured and brutalized, once starved children to death with sanctions because their rulers disobeyed our rulers, once made policies which kept people poor so they’d be financially coerced into facilitating military mass murder, once let people go hungry and homeless if they didn’t have enough imaginary numbers in their bank accounts, once stripped this planet of biodiversity and old growth forests to turn the gears of an imaginary economy instead of collaborating with our ecosystem.


Future generations, if there are future generations, will look back in perplexity at our omnicidal madness, at our blind subservience to the very worst among us, at our remarkable ingenuity in always finding groundbreaking new ways to hate each other, at our fanatical devotion to competition and control when we knew that all we really wanted was to be loved, at the way we’d marginalize and outcast those who thought differently from the rest of us even though we knew full well that our way of thinking wasn’t working, at the way we’d spend our lives feeding insatiable hungry ghosts only to wind up on our deathbeds wondering why we feel dissatisfied, at the amount of energy we’d pour into not experiencing the beauty which surrounds us in every moment and rejecting the gifts we were being showered with from every direction, at the herculean effort we poured into keeping enlightenment from crashing in, at our nonstop desperate flailing attempts to be anywhere but here and now, at the amount of work we put into avoiding being at ease.


Future generations, if there are future generations, I am so glad that you made it past all the many obstacles we put up between our present age and your birth. Praise be to you and your parents for cleaning up our mess, for setting things right, for becoming conscious, for valuing a healthy world, for getting humanity to where you’re at now so that the real adventure of our species could begin.

Future generations, if there are future generations, thank you for your kindness and compassion as you gaze back on us through the records we have left you. It might not be immediately obvious, but some of us here saw what you’re seeing from there.


Caitlin Johnstone is an independent journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Her website is here and you can follow her on Twitter @caitoz. Her collection of poems is entitled Poems for Rebels.

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2022年10月31日

Where I come from there is a say which I don't know where it came from; "keep your mouth shut, if you are with me, because; if you are going to say something I don't agree with, I am not interested. If you are going to tell me anything with which I agree, I already now it." When I started reading this though, (is this really a poem? But doesn't matter.) I started jumping: first one line, then two, then a few, then to the end. I agreed with everything that was written, poem or not. I got upset!! very UPSET!! Why does this person have to write (Tell us) this, if we all already know it? WE ALL ALR…

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martinmccarthy1956
martinmccarthy1956
2022年10月31日
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It would be a mistake to presume that most people know what Caitlin is saying, and even more so to presume that they actually agree with her. This, sadly, is not the case, and why precisely poems such as this one need to be written. The truth is a lot of very wealthy people who own the big polluting factories (or 'the means of production', as Karl Marx would have it) just don't - and never will, because it's of no financial benefit to them. And Caitlin certainly writes for me. And she writes for you. And we, at least, must acknowledge this by commenting in a positive way - exactly as we are doing. As to whether it's a…

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martinmccarthy1956
martinmccarthy1956
2022年10月14日

When you write a free verse poem such as this one, it's very important to have a number of striking and memorable lines in order to make it really stand apart from other poems in that particular genre. This poem manages to do just that with more than a touch of originality. At the moment, I am particularly fond of the final line, which is simple but very effective in the context of future generations looking back: 'some of us here saw what you are seeing from there.' Thank you for being so 'conscious' Caitlin.

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