Alvin Toffler has died at the age of 87. He was the author of the 1970 book Future Shock, which was heralded for articulating the anxieties that so many people felt about the future. 'Future shock', according to Toffler, was a kind of mental disease that afflicted us all and stemmed from a sense that the future was arriving too quickly. Though there are plenty of legitimate criticisms of his conclusions, his work spoke to the fears that people had in the 1970s and 80s as the world became more connected and society seemed to be unraveling economically and socially. He wrote: “We must search out totally new ways to anchor ourselves, for all the old roots religion, nation, community, family, or profession are now shaking under the hurricane impact of the accelerative thrust.”
He convinced me totally. I have been searching for the 'new ways' as long as I can remember.