Originally posted by hezro
reply to post by milominderbinder
Yes, and I believe keeping the internet open will be the success or failure of our time. At the moment the internet is a chaos of extremes, but adolescence is always this way. Over time the chaos will congeal into a bell curve of intellectual realists with real solutions and willing compromise.
Eventually those in power will find that the people they controlled through fear no longer have those fears. They speak with those they formerly feared and find their commonalities along with their differences. I feel this is a generational process, not a process of a fear years or even a decade or two. We may look back at this time and see it is being as significant as the enlightenment or the industrial age... or even those two combined.
I don't know what the future holds for America, but I think the future for the world, as a whole, is very bright.
Agreed. In the LONG RUN the future is very, very, bright assuming barring a complete destruction of sort which we bring on ourselves. However...the SHORT RUN looks mighty miserable to me...but I don't really care. I'm GenX...for me it's about the world my kids will have to deal with. I've pretty much resigned myself to the fact that it will take the 20-30 years to de-screw the handy work of Baby Boomers.
As for it being a generational problem...you are ABSOLUTELY correct. If you do NOTHING ELSE in 2013 PLEASE READ THIS BOOK! "Generations: The History of America's Future, 1584 to 2069" by Neil Howe and William Strauss. It's retailing for $11.20 on Amazon right now.
Link: www.amazon.com...=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354301229&sr=8-1&keywords=generations+the+history +of+america%27s+future
I read it when I was in high school shortly after it came out in 1992... and it remains the single most influential book I have ever read, bar none. Previous to reading it I had always liked history...but this book is what ultimately influenced me to pursue my Master's degree in the subject. It was the first time I ever REALLY saw what was possible by studying history as a rich tapestry as opposed to simply a series of chronological events on a linear timeline. The best news? It's even MORE relevant today than it was when it came out. The predictions they made for the last 20 years or so have all basically occurred pretty much just like clockwork.
I really don't believe it's truly possible to truly UNDERSTAND U.S. History without reading this book, irrespective of how many dates, places, people, and battles one has memorized.
If you read it...I promise you will never, EVER, see the world again in the same way.