Ah, 2020…What Could Have Been

“The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Malcolm X

As we continue moving forward into this third decade of the 21st century, I can’t help but ponder the many things both we and our forebears thought society would have realized by now.  I’m considering all of this in the midst of the growing COVID-19 scourge; which now has been officially declared a pandemic.  Just imagine…by the year 2020, we thought we’d have:

Flying cars

A cure for cancer

A colony on Mars

Contact with extraterrestrials

Found Bigfoot

Achieved teleportation

Bullet trains in every major city

Life expectancy exceeding 90

Instead, what are we doing? Teaching people how to sneeze into their sleeves and wash their hands.  What the fuck happened?!

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3 responses to “Ah, 2020…What Could Have Been

  1. Indeed, Alejandro. I often read these predictions and laugh a little. They saw technology is moving fast but sometimes it doesn’t play out as the textbook might suggest. They forget to add in the possible conflicts, pandemics and economic recessions etc, and these predictions mention nothing of global warming……

    • Visionaries may contemplate unexpected interruptions and setbacks, but they rarely let those thoughts interfere with the final goal: doing something to make the world better. If futurists thought too much of the negative prospects, they’d just be pessimists. Forward thinking may be ludicrous and flippant to some extent, but it helps the more open-minded consider what might be possible.

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