It is the only field I know of that is a true ‘meta subject’ – transcending a single subject to incorporate as many other fields as necessary, because no one can assess the future from a limited perspective and hope to have any clarity or any depth to their scenarios.
We call it ‘futures studies’ with that extra ’s’, because we truly do not know which of the multitude of futures that we imagine, will actually come to pass.
Futurists do not pretend to predict the future. Our job is not to wave wands and make magic happen, nor is it to peer into crystal balls and tell tall tales about meeting handsome opportunities in dark alleys.
What we do is equip people with awareness, tools and insight so that they can prepare their circle of influence to cope with, respond to, and at best, influence their field.
Since we are going to live the rest of our lives in the future, and we are hoping to leave positive legacies for others, then it is best we get an understanding of it, and see how our current decisions, or current apathy, play out in time.