What Will Our Children Think?

I am currently reading After the Ice, a book on global human history between 20,000 and 5,000 BC. I was in City Lights and was looking for a history book with a large scope, so this sounded like the perfect one.

I have often found myself frustrated with early man as I wait for him to domesticate plants and animals. Not that early man was stupid, but I wish I could go back in time and tell them the basic concept of what they need to do so they have thousands more years of comfort.

And that has made me think: What will our descendants wish we had thought of earlier? Will it be some obvious technological breakthrough that we are missing? Or maybe it will be some societal change, like “Why didn’t they embrace peace more quickly? It’s so obvious!”

Thoughts like these make me wish that after this life is over, I could spend one year living in each of the next five millenia, just to see how things turn out.

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  • Deep, very deep, I like your train of thought Sir Stu. I also have thought about the whole “Embracing Peace” thing, it is so blatenly obvious its scary. I worry for my children and my grandchildren for I have no idea what kind of world they will be growing up in. Scary stuff huh. Scary stuff indeed!