Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I Have A Dream

I had a dream the other night. True it wasn't as profound a dream as Martin Luther King's which was a rather mundane thought, incidentally. My dream was that I woke up in 1988.

This got me thinking about everything that has happened in 20 years. When my grandfather died in 1994 it made me marvel at all that had changed in his lifetime. This dream I had made me look back at all that has changed just since I graduated from high school.

The internet. It was still a sparkle in Al Gore's eye back in 1990. Trying to explain the internet and all of its uses to someone in 1988 is a lot more difficult than trying to explain powered flight to someone in 1900. Nevermind trying to explain how it works. I have way more chance of explaining Bernoulli's principle than I do how my email works.

Medicine. Think about the things we take for granted. Things that were fatal just a few years ago are now rather pedestrian. My mother has diabetes. I've been able to watch the progression of medical advances. It's only amazing when you stop to think about it.

Communications. Everyone bitches about people on the phone all the time. Except it's all of us. Try explaining to someone 20 years ago that EVERYONE has a carphone (which is what we called them then). I don't know anyone without a cellphone. You can argue whether or not this is a good thing, but if you are going to argue it isn't, then throw yours in the trash and see how long it takes until you buy a new one. Tweet, text and talk away. Don't be ashamed of it.

Travel. It used to be that taking a flight was a big deal. It used to be that it was rather expensive. Kind of something the rich did or the middle class did when they saved up and planned for it. Taking a flight today isn't much more than taking the bus... and just as enjoyable.