“It is our business to prepare, so far as we may, a favorable atmosphere and environment for the children who will make the future; and this environment is not anything mysterious, it is simply ourselves. The men and women who are now coming to maturity, still supple to experience and capable of enthusiastic and disinterested choice—that is, of surrender in the noblest sense—will have great opportunities of influencing those who are younger than themselves. The torch is being offered to them; and it is of vital importance to the unborn future that they should grasp and hand it on, without worrying about whether your fingers are going to get burned. …
“I do not speak here of fantastic dreams about Utopias, or of the colored pictures of the apocalyptic imagination; but of a concrete genuine possibility, at which clear-sighted persons have hinted again and again.” ~Evelyn Underhill
If you say a person standing at an old railroad passenger station, suitcase beside him, waiting for a train when there hasn’t been one on this track for fifty years, you would rightfully question his sanity. Maybe, if he bought the old depot, rebuilt and modernized it, and convinced Amtrak to start going there, it would be fine, but not if he is just standing there at the old station hoping for change.
Of course, there is nothing wrong with hoping for change, but it is far better to do something to make that change happen. We do run into problems, though, when everybody has there own ideas of what change should happen, ideas that often conflict with other peoples, yet we are all working hard to make out vision become reality (fans of the multiverse theory would say that we all succeed because we all create a dimension of reality that matches our vision, but that’s another story). As you might imagine, when there are conflicting views and plans for the future, nothing significant changes. We may get some new tecnotoys to play with, but that really isn’t significant.
So we do need to work to get that better world, to get that new Golden Age which we are clearly seeing dawning around us, but we all have to working for essentially the same thing, with only minor differences in the details. So how do we know what that future world vision should be? By learning to communicate with God and his angels and working to accomplish His Divine Plan rather than our own personal plans.
I disagree with Underhill on one part of this quote: we are looking for a Utopia, a world in which all will live in peace, there will be no disease and no death. It sounds like an impossible utopia, but only if you think of the world of matter as permanent. If you work to change this world back into one of spirit, all those negatives will disappear.