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The Future of Religion and its Importance

It’s no secret that a large percentage of the world’s population is strongly religious in one way or another. A large majority of people across the globe say they are religious while only a mere 13% claim to be Atheists. So why do these people choose to follow a religion and how did religion even begin? It’s difficult to determine how each religion in its own came to be but through many studies and trends that have been noted over time, we have a good guess as to why such a large percentage of our population follows a religion today.

Drive to the Divine

In a world filled with pain, instability and crisis, it’s easy to see why anybody would want to believe there is something more after this world. The constant questions in the back of your head, “Why am I here?” or “Why are such horrific tragedies occurring in my life?” can seem impossible to answer. Well they are impossible to answer without religion and belief. One of the largest appeals of any religion is that it answers those questions for you. You are on this world to serve your God or gods and after your body is dead, your soul will continue to live on.

Without religion, those questions can never be answered. You simply live to get through your day and then eventually it’s just over and there is nothing else; there is no true meaning to life. More so in primitive geographical locations throughout the world where struggle is real and technology is less advanced, religion ever thrives. People in less fortunate situations need that extra drive to keep on living every day. They don’t have any economic or political stability to simplify their lives and give them other reasons to live.

For these very reasons, the wealthier countries in the world tend to have the highest overall percentage of Atheism. These people have educational and economic stability which leaves religion with a lower appeal. France, Canada, Japan and Canada were all countries where only 100 or so years ago, religion was stronger than ever. Now almost a quarter way into the 21st century, they are reported to have some of the lowest rates of religious believers in the world. This is most likely due to the strong security they have within their societies coupled with low poverty rates.

The Future of Religion

Although there has been an overall rise in Atheism in developed countries, experts do not see religion disappearing any time soon, or ever for that matter. Even if your life seems perfect: you have the perfect family, a lovely home and a stable job, everything can still change in the blink of an eye. Your house could burn down, you could be diagnosed with an incurable illness or a loved one passes away. There will always be tragedy in life and under circumstances like these, people tend to steer towards religion. People want to release themselves from the pain and struggling, they need a meaning for the suffering and a way to escape it.

One trend commonly seen across the globe is an overall rise in religion throughout certain areas after a disaster. Whether it’s a disastrous earthquake or an event such as 9/11, society as a whole tends to join together as a group and find their reason to live: religion.

What Life on Earth Will Be Like 100 Years from Today

As an American with a child, I always contemplate how decisions I make on a daily basis and where our world is headed will affect my daughter and future grandchildren. We may not be alive 100 years from now to reap the effects of how we live our life but our ancestors will be. With many of the great technologies being developed, there are bound to be many advances in everyday living, in return enhancing life in the future. There are also multiple controversial topics now such as global warming and deforestation that could impact the future of our world negatively.

Although much of the change that will come to the next generations will be thanks to advances in technology, there are bound to be many consequences, or benefits, due to human behavior. There will also be other natural changes occurring such as the average human lifespan or the average American height thanks to evolution.

Think about how only 100 years ago the average American male measured 5’ 7” tall and now its 2.5 inches taller at 5’ 9.5” tall. It is also a similar case in regards to life expectancy where even if we aren’t being health conscious, we could easily live to be 80+ years old thanks to modern medicine. How are changes such as these affecting our lives?

Modern Medicine

Medicine is constantly advancing and moving in a forward motion betting our everyday lives. There are diseases that were killing people left and right 100 years ago that are now basically non-existent such as Polio. It is thought that not too far in the future there will be medicine so advanced that cancer will be a thing of the past and heart attacks may be almost 100% preventable.

Our world is getting much closer to people living to be over 100 and even making it to 150 years old thanks to gene therapy. Before a child is even birthed, gene therapy has the ability to repair mitochondrial disease and in the next 50 to 100 years could also eliminate other genetic disorders such as cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy.

Industry and Jobs

The fact of the matter is more and more jobs are currently being replaced by machines, such as manufacturing jobs. Yes, some machines still need people to operate them or fix them when they break down or malfunction, but machines will continue to replace many jobs done by humans now. This method of manufacturing is more cost effective in the long run plus there is less room for human error.

The future of our jobs will rely heavily on the need for services to be done. There are many services that simply cannot be done by machines and, in all reality, are much more enjoyable with human interaction such as massage therapy, manicures and pedicures, hair styling, etc.

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5 Great Technologies Possible by 2020

Looking back only a mere decade ago, could you imagine electric cars would be as easily attainable as they are today or smartphones would be using only 4G data and function as fast as your laptop on WiFi? More than likely, no. What the future has in store for us is always unclear but based on what is in the makings right now and how far we’ve come in recent years, we have some good guesses on what technology we can expect to see by only 2020.

Cars that Drive Themselves

From Google to pretty much every automaker out there, it has been a dream to create crash proof car that drives itself. Every year in America there are over 30,000 fatalities due to car crashes so it’s not surprising that every effort is being made right now to create a scenario where this isn’t possible. The safety that would be created by self-driving cars is undeniable, not to mention the ease of use there would be. The major hurtle here though is getting all these cars to communicate with one another through a wireless infrastructure. There is the technology available to make this happen but the real question here is whether or not it will be accomplished by 2020 or not.

Ultra-Thin OLED Screens

The probability of this being a reality by year 2020 is very high, especially compared to other advanced technology in the making. Display technology has been advancing incredibly quickly over the past decade to where we are currently at with LCD displays. By 2020 though, the new standard is expected to be paper-thin OLED surfaces, most complete with full touch capability. It is expected that many surfaces such as walls, mirrors and windows will all become computational.

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