Futurophobia

Futurophobia is fear of the future causing anxiety and nervousness. It has reached a mass level, and become a sign of the times and therefore a global problem.

People have always been afraid of changes and reluctantly, even under coercion, agreed to be led by others. For the majority, the so-called stability, unwillingness to be exposed to and actively participate in serious changes, is more important. It has largely to do with the unwillingness to accept responsibility for consequences, and the fear of the unknown.

Today, futurophobia is caused by global problems and the situation of global uncertainty. It is aggravated by: the decline of traditional ways of life in many countries; cultural, civilization and value conflicts; new historical challenges; and existential trials of man. People have reached the line beyond which there is either destruction or serious changes in human life. People are afraid of both of these things.

In the individual aspect, futurophobia is the fear and non-acceptance of problems, difficulties, prospects of change, conscious or subconscious avoidance of participating in them and active or passive resistance to innovations and progress.

Futurophobia is sometimes treated as human non-acceptance of a qualitatively new future, which diverges from the present a person is used to, and decision-making difficulties.

In terms of large groups of people, futurophobia is collective infantilism and conformism. Largely it is the result of skillful manipulation of large masses of people by individuals and groups interested in keeping the status quo. In the collective subconscious futurophobia manifests itself through imitation of participation, instead of real and interested participation, as well as social and cultural (countercultural) escapism.