When Is The Future? - VNV Nation

from the album Noire (2018)

A guiding principle of the Hamburg-based group, VNV Nation, is that, "one should strive to achieve, not sit in bitter regret".  I dig that.

I also dig that VNV is shorthand for Victory Not Vengeance.

It is common for those attempting to disrupt the status quo, or those aiming to achieve personal distinction, to be confronted by naysayers, detractors, and adversaries.  Perhaps you've encountered it?  The best course of action is typically the one prescribed by VNV Nation.

It doesn't matter what they say: it matters what you do.  So, keep doing it; better and better each day.

In a similar vein, I dig the title of VNV Nation's song, When Is The Future?  This is a topic that I think about more often than most.  You see, the aspiring writer in me has always tried to frame my life in the context of a larger story.  Until about a dozen years ago, I thought that my life was a subplot to the story of the Irish in America, like you might find in a William Kennedy novel.

However, that story has been told and a new story has emerged: the struggle of man during the transition from the Industrial Age to the Information Age.  Over the history of mankind, few has lived through such a transition.  That makes this a fascinating time to be alive.  Our current world is uniquely full of both opportunity and peril.

Still, all we really want is to love and be loved.

So, when did this world we live in become the future?  From the vantage point of forty years ago, this certainly is the future, but when did things change?  When did the past end and the future begin?

The truth is that it doesn't work that way.  Progress is a steady march of time.  It is kind of like building a house, the same crew of workers show up each day and put in approximately the same amount of effort.  Some days, it doesn't seem like much work is accomplished.  Other days. you look on in amazement, because there are four walls and a roof.

The inspiring point of all this is that the future we will be living in forty years from now is actually being conceived and built today.  So take a lesson from VNV Nation and strive to achieve that future, rather than bitch about the millennials.

It is all about victory, not vengeance.

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