What Will They Think Of Us?

I don’t really remember much of the history I was taught in grade school or high school for that matter. Having been raised in the , I was taught a lot about the history of Canada. From what I remember, there was something about and , and that’s about all I can remember. Oh, one more thing. I remember one of my 8th grade teachers being really passionate about . Some may think less of me for not knowing the history of one of the countries I am a citizen in (and more importantly, grew up in), and to some degree they may be right.

During my undergrad, I took one in history that was called, “.” So, for 16 weeks, 3 hours a week, we covered everything that happened in the world up to the year 1500. Needless to say, I’m sure some things were brushed over. I do, however, remember talking about , , and . I remember covering the , the various kings, and even the . As a class, we really went through the material quite quickly and out of necessity. I wonder what future generations, say, 9 or 10 generations from now, will be studying when they look back on our time?

Will the scold us for being too concerned with our technology? Will they look back and laugh because we killed each other because we wanted money? How about if we killed because we looked different from each other? Will they wonder how we ever lasted so long working 40+ hour work weeks? Will they laugh at the idea of a “work week”? Will they be confused as to why we didn’t treat each other as equals? Will they be confused at how we live with nature? Will they look at our relationship to nature and wonder how we were ever able to get nutritious food from the Earth? Will they read with terror about how we didn’t treat the Earth (read: ) with more care? Will they wonder if we really knew what we were doing this whole time? Will they think we were “that” generation?

I didn’t realize the value of a survey course until long after I had taken it. The very definition of a survey course is that you’re getting a brief overview of a lot of material. I think it is important to have this overview of information to be able to make better decisions about things. Having an overview affords one the ability to better recognize how things interact with each other. For instance, one example from this could be the drive to make more money causes the 40+ hour workweek to be not only pushed from bosses, but welcomed by employees (as they can make more money).

As I remember back to these times I’ve had thinking about history, I wonder what future generations will think of us. How will we fit into the bigger picture of history? Will we be viewed favorably? Will we look foolish? Will we be commended as the generation that ended hunger? What about as the generation that ended war? How about the generation that in one felt swoop, lifted every man, woman, or child, out of poverty, and into a state of abundance? I believe that we can do this. I believe that we have the power and we have the technology.

Given that we have the ability to solve so many of the world’s problems — I wonder what they will think of us… if we don’t.

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6 responses to “What Will They Think Of Us?

  1. Lately I have been having thoughts of wondering how I could be living now, amongst all this technology. Cell phones that can do so much, and computers, the internet, and facebook and everything else. It is everywhere we look, and everywhere we go. I almost feel lost with all this technology, as if I'm living in the wrong generation or something. (It's not that I don't like the technology. I don't have anything against it. But it seems so strange how I suddenly found myself here, amongst all of this. Suddenly it was everywhere. I feel like someone zapped me into the future, only that future is NOW. It is as if the world has rapidly accelerated at lightening speed and flashed forward in a giant leap. How did I get here in this time on earth?????

    And then I read your post – so hopeful of what we might can accomplish with our technology…and suddenly things look different to me. Suddenly I too have hope. What can we accomplish! What can we do! Could this period on earth be something more?

    • I absolutely think that this period on Earth could be something more, but I also think that it's "exactly where it needs to be right now." I don't know why, but there must be reason that we haven't (solved) the world's problems just yet. Maybe there is something that we, as a species, need to learn before we can alleviate some of these problems the world faces.

      Regardless, I believe that we each have something creative to contribute to the world. Something that is truly inspired and gifted to the world. I think the first step is finding this source of inspiration within ourselves.

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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