The rise and fall of images of the future precedes or accompanies the rise and fall of cultures. As long as a society's image is positive and flourishing, the flower of culture is in full bloom. Once the image begins to decay and lose its vitality, however, the culture does not long survive.
When the dominant images of a culture are anticipatory, they "lead" social development and provide direction for social change.
Tell me what your vision of the future and I will tell you what you are.
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