2008 – doesn’t it seem as though we should all be wondering around in tight fitting white plastic pantsuits as we wait to catch a rocket to the moons of Saturn? (“Welcome to the Titan Shuttle. Please buckle your seatbelts and make sure your tray tables are in their upright and locked position…”) Looking back it seemed so obvious that such things would be happening by now – we’ve come so far, so fast.
I remember when, as a child, I tried to figure out what my age would be in the year 2000. I couldn’t imagine being so OLD!!! But 2000 now seems a distant memory, 2010 is not so far away, and children being born right now will live to see the year 2100. What will they be thinking when their new century comes to pass? Will they look back on the 21st century as one of massive and amazing changes as we do when we think of the 20th? Will they by astonished and amazed that they had lived to see such a time? Will they be angry at the waste of all our potential – of all the lives lost? Will they thank us, or will they curse us?
The answer may well be within our power, if we are only brave enough to grasp it.