It’s hard to believe that we are are already 17 years into the 21st century. Where are the flying cars? And I’m not talking about drunk drivers on New Year’s Eve launching off bridges.
Where is the utopian lifestyle of the Eloi (minus the Morlocks)? Why aren’t we vacationing on Mars this coming summer with the kids (I mean if Matt Damon can do it, why not the rest of us)?
I realize most science fiction placed these changes far in the future (except for Kubrick who only stretched to 2001), but shouldn’t we be further along? What happened to our Star Wars future? No, wait…we do have the dark side, evil empire and Darth Vader…never mind. How about Tomorrowland? (Even George Clooney couldn’t save that one). It only exists at Disneyland and the Flight to the Moon ride was pretty sad back in the day.
Instead, we seem to be trudging along with the same script of our father’s father’s father…War, hunger, poverty, disease, prejudice, crime, homelessness, political bickering, and so forth. The only difference is today we do it faster and it costs more.
As 2017 comes to a close, and we look forward (I think) to a new year and making personal resolutions that we won’t keep…lose weight, join a gym, read more books, not mention any member of the Kardashian family for six months…let’s try to put in a few for our fellow man (or woman), like the golden rule. For all of 2018 I will do unto others as I would have them do unto me. Or as Yoda would put it, “Unto others I will as myself do.”
I’m not a big fan of organized religion (look what that has done for us so far), but I am a huge supporter of a reasonable moral code. Most of us know how to tell right from wrong, so let’s all make an effort to put more checks in the “Right (Correct)” column this next year and have a little better understanding about the other fellow’s situation. It’s individuals that make change, not organizations or governments.
Now, let’s join hands in a really big circle and sing Kumbaya (no, seriously, take my hand and start singing!)
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