Futurists aspire to identify the fundamental forces shaping the world in order to predict their effects for decades or even centuries to come. It's quite an ambition and they can't be timid. As analysts, they must think big as well as profoundly. As seers, they need the moxie to make judgments without the usual "on the one other hand, on the other hand" hedge. And like the sign on the neighborhood church said—"Bible Study on the Prophets Cancelled Due to Unforeseen Circumstances"— their foresight had better leave room for the unexpected.
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