That is, in many ways, where we find ourselves today. It's as infinitely terrifying as it is exciting. Where do we go from here and how do we find our way?
U2's 12th studio album, No Line On The Horizon, gives a few great answers, if you have the ears to hear and the eyes to see them. (I hope you do.)
More than 25 years ago, when I dropped the needle on a U2 album for the first time, I heard the words of a familiar liturgy - "Gloria in te domine, Gloria exultate!" - punctuated by the keening sound of the Edge's guitar and followed by Bono's gnarly tenor shout-singing, "O Lord, loosen my lips!"
My soul did a back-flip and kept on tumbling