Who will Inherit the Future?

I don’t recall the origin of this question, as I stumbled upon it in my journal this weekend without any reference. It obviously stuck with me and is still gnawing for an answer. Who will inherit the future?

As corporate leaders, non-profit stewards, teachers, and parents of our next generations, is this question even relevant? After all, what real, tangible impact do we have on the future and who actually will inherit it? I have a few thoughts, and also welcome your thoughts, opinions, and points of view:

  • It is the student and learner of today who will inherit the future we are putting into motion today.
  • It is the individual who follows their bliss and has the courage to stand tall with shoulders back against challenging winds and waves – living their life on purpose with purpose. That makes his/her future authentic and real to them AND they hold their values and principals as their sole compass.
  • It is the person that hangs up the notion that he/she is what they do, what they own, and what others think of them and focuses on how they contribute and serve others.

These are my three thoughts relative to this quandary; which begs other soul-searching questions. After all, if we are the parents, the leaders, and the thought leaders…What are we teaching? What example are we setting? What standards are we putting into place? What are we tolerating? What are we encouraging from our employees, our students, our children? What are we sacrificing and for the sake of what?

Please weigh in…we want to hear from you.

3 responses to “Who will Inherit the Future?

  1. The premise of your message tends to direct one toward Rotary International and the strong movement to “Serve Others” as you state above. . . Increasingly Rotary addresses each of the elements you list. . .

    Great presence you bring to our lives. . . Thanks for sharing. .


  2. Thanks, Frank!! I do believe our ‘Service above Self’ is an amazing benchmark for all organizations, companies, and other non-profits. It ultimately will benefit everyone – as we know and believe.

  3. All the bullet point’s you’ve suggested are good ones. It’s the effective student of what’s real and good that inherits the future. “Never Stop Learning” is a good catchphrase for any buisiness or individual.
    I’ve added three little words to your suggestion “effective” – no good just being a student in title. “real” and “good” are small words, with huge implications, especially if you think that goodness and reality can be absolute.
    You’re thoughts on parents, leaders and thought leaders are good ones too, there is little benefit in teaching that’s not lived-out by the teacher. This is as true for everyone today as it ever has been.
    Teacher can be Rabbi in a specific cultural context, and another word for effective student can be disciple. Twelve of these had a huge effect 2000 years ago… thanks to their Rabbi there’s a future to inherit!

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