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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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National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.”  Like many people, I knew someone who suffered from breast cancer.  She was my Aunt Margo who died in 1989 at the age of 59.  She was my mother’s older sister, and Margo’s death still impacts us today.  Cancer of any kind doesn’t just affect the individual who develops it – it affects everyone who loves that person.  Fortunately, our society has made great strides in the decades since this issue first came to prominence.  It’s no longer a taboo subject, and its victims no longer have to live and suffer in the shadows.

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