I’m not personally a fan of a VM such as JVM. Sure you get some easy benefits, but now you have two things that need tuning. Two things that need periodic updating.
Personally the total encapsulation of first-class static linking (such as Golang) is my preferred future. It must be first class and baked into the language in its design.
Now, imagine also having access to thousand of libraries written for JVM and Nodejs and Browsers? There are attempts to port Clojure to other ecosystems, making it possible to use them there. What if someday you can write Clojure code that can be shared between say Rust runtime, NodeJS and a browser? Wouldn't be that cool?