Foresight definition, what is it?
If you read some definitions in the dictionary or the most important vocabularies, the term farsightedness always has solemnly positive connotations.
Almost everyone says that those who are far-sighted are intelligent and wise. I am not entirely sure of this interpretation and I have doubts. Let us immediately clarify that for the sake of science I reject fortune tellers, clairvoyants, those who see the future of the unfortunate and / or even of all humanity in the stars.
What is foresight
Foresight can be defined as the ability to correctly imagine what will happen in the future and plan our present and future actions based on this knowledge.
Being far-sighted means implementing a process that allows us to collect and analyze information that will help us imagine and build a vision of the future in the medium to long term. It is quite clear that a forward-looking vision does not aim to make prophecies about a particular future scenario as if it were predetermined. Foresight is having such broad views as to consider the future as something that can be shaped or created. Basically, a farsighted person is gifted with a remarkable open-mindedness.
Foresight, analysis and evaluation
Today, with perfect analysis tools, we can draw curves that give us predictions (i.e. far-sightedness) of possible but never certain events. We are talking about operators who, by handling computers with powerful programs, are able to tell you how many cars will be sold in the world in the next 5 years, how many people will starve, how many lottery winners will be, etc.
But then are we talking about the talents that people with far-sightedness have or about more or less sophisticated calculation methods that have drawn up intelligent mathematicians?
The question we ask is: “does farsightedness still belong, as a dowry, to the brain of man or has it changed residence?”
If I am a fashion designer, who do I rely on to know if flowery or checked skirts will go more? Will the work of the psychologist still make sense when he specifically analyzes an individual’s talents or shortcomings?
Let’s leave aside the highly sophisticated forecasting techniques that are now available. Let us consider rather what the history of mankind offers us: even the most sublime minds in the field of science have foreseen events that sometimes happened and sometimes didn’t.
I think for example of Thomas Edison who saw a company that would have enjoyed direct current energy but that everywhere today uses alternating current. To Karl Marx who envisioned a revolution of the working class in England but which then took place in Tsarist Russia. I think of how Charles Darwin foresaw grueling battles against creationists … and how, today we can well say, he was right.
But then can the foresight be of the “intelligent, the wise, the scientists”? Can it be entrusted only to machines built by man?
I would like to know, today, with what foresight a good and intelligent business manager will be able to prepare an investment plan (budget) for future years or even just for the year to come, considering the dire prospects of the Covid 19 pandemic. How can the good manager if science itself is still testing and looking for serious countermeasures to an unknown virus?
We certainly do not want to be catastrophists but these are questions that are now being asked by billions of people in the world. I do not want to add to those many who spread fears and anguish, on the contrary I optimistically foresee that sooner or later an effective antivirus will be found in some laboratory. The concrete fact remains that this pandemic has actually produced so many frightened, anguished people.
We hope that spicologists have so much foresight to prepare themselves now for the best therapy techniques to counter people’s different fears and concerns.