Fear and Hope

The Journalists of Time: Hope, Fear, and the Impartial Dance of the Future


In the realm of human experience, twin journalists named Hope and Fear pen stories about an entity they can never control—the Future. Born to their mother, Expectations, they engage in the never-ending task of projecting narratives onto what lies ahead. While their work has no bearing on the Future itself, which dances to its own rhythm, the stories they write wield significant impact on the active participants in this dance: humans.

Mother of Narratives: Expectations

Expectations serves as the editor-in-chief in this journalistic endeavor. Under her guidance, Hope and Fear follow their respective beats, generating stories that capture our collective imagination. Expectations lays down the framework within which her daughters operate, shaping the general tenor of the stories yet to be written.

Twin Journalists: Hope and Fear

Hope and Fear, each with her own unique writing style, are fixated on covering the Future. Hope specializes in writing uplifting pieces that inspire and motivate, while Fear focuses on cautionary tales that alert and warn. Importantly, their stories don’t affect the Future’s trajectory; they are mere observers, not influencers, of the dance that unfolds.

The Subject: The Future

The Future is an impartial dancer, moving to a beat that neither Hope nor Fear can influence. It remains a realm of infinite possibilities, a subject that inherently resists any form of narrative control. The Future dances with the Past, creating a Present that is equally indifferent to human emotional constructs.

The Active Participants: Humans

While the Future remains unaffected by the stories penned by Hope and Fear, we, the humans, are deeply impacted by their journalism. Hope’s stories encourage us to take risks and embrace opportunities, while Fear’s articles make us cautious, sometimes overly so. We are the active participants in this dance, and our actions are influenced by the narratives we choose to engage with.

The Limited Scope of Influence

The only realm where Hope and Fear have any influence is within the human psyche. They don’t dictate the steps of the Future; rather, they serve as commentators, providing color and context that may sway human action and reaction. Their stories can either liberate or constrain us, but they cannot change the music to which the Future dances.


In a world where the Future dances freely, Hope and Fear act as twin journalists under the editorial supervision of Expectations. While their stories don’t influence the Future, they significantly impact the human participants who are part of this intricate dance. Understanding this dynamic allows us to place Hope and Fear in their proper context—as narrators, not creators, of what is yet to come.

Author: John Rector

John Rector is an AI Futurist who predicted the next word in business™, starting with his notable paper from 2015, "Mommy, What's a Cashier?" Drawing upon 40 years of experience in the practical applications of high technology, he assists clients in converting uncertainty into strategic advantages within a one-to-six-year framework. With leadership roles including IBM executive and co-founder of e2open, he has a diverse and impactful background. In the AI sector, he has set benchmarks through his contributions to Mind Media Group and Florrol, pioneering AI-based services and content generation. His investment initiative, Waterway Ventures, is committed to advancing promising AI startups. His creative ventures include founding Bodaro and graphic design studio Palm ❤️. In education, he has launched Nextyrn, which uses AI for personalized learning experiences, and in art, he leads Potyn, an initiative using AI to create bespoke pieces. His ever-expanding portfolio features companies like Nozeus, Infinia, Blacc Ink, and Maibly. Operating from Charleston, SC, his current focus involves partnering with individuals and enterprises to develop innovative business models and processes for the rapidly approaching age of AGI.

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