When one looks at history, and how far the human race has come from the days when the problems of daily living, such as plowing a field and raising crops, and then one looks at where humanity is now, with our technological world that has connected every corner of this vast sphere, it is easy to see how this generation of youth is now the total amalgamation of human progress, the full footprint of our species.
The bulk of all innovation through the 20th Century was driven by humanity’s urge to make the tedious tasks of everyday living easier. When electricity was able to be harnessed, the world grew. The combustion engine made getting around the world no longer a long and laborious task, but now something that can be done within a day. Bigger, more powerful engines, along with certain kinds of fuel, allowed the human race to be able to reach past the heavens. It guided the hand of the human race to touch the very stars, and to begin to realize just how much there was that we do not understand.
With the endless expansive growth of technology, there has been a new growth in understanding of the entire universe, and just how small the human race actually is in direct comparison to all the things that exist in the universe. Truly, when one thinks about just how large the universe is, the idea of our species each having a special place to exist in it is truly misguided. In direct comparison to the universe, humanity doesn’t take up the most basic of percentage of space. And now that science and technology has allowed us to escape the basic tedium of everyday life, humanity is starting to grow as a species, looking into the realm of the philosopher, the academic, the scientist. We are beginning to become more than any previous generation ever believed we could be.
If the Founding Fathers of this nation could see where our species is now. The globally connected market which, while it has some severe problems right now that need a lot of work, is a truly marvelous innovation. The United States’ effort to stay out of global affairs during WWI and WWII are now made impossible by this global connection. Of course, like any system, it is a double-edged sword. Still, the founders would never have been able to see where our species is. This is one of the reasons that when people say things like Jesse Ventura said, about how the Constitution should be “written in stone,” they are missing the point that Joe Pesci made in With Honors.
Our “founding parents” were pompous, white, middle-aged farmers, but they were also great men. Because they knew one thing that all great men should know: that they didn’t know everything. Sure, they’d make mistakes, but they made sure to leave a way to correct them.”
The fact is that those who created this nation did realize that the Constitution needed to be looked at with a grain of salt, and people needed to be more open-minded. That said, this country is dominated by the idea that those who started it knew exactly the truth about everything, and that the Constitution is a spectacularly perfect document.
But back to the idea of how far our species has come, there is one thing that has truly made this generation the symbol for all future generations – the internet. Never before has a system of knowledge been given to us like the internet. This has connected the entire world in a way that nobody of previous generations could have believed.
It used to be that a person could actuall obtain all the knowledge of the world that they lived in. During the times of cavemen, the caveman or woman could learn about their whole world. They knew about all the activities they had to do to live, and that was all. All the knowledge that they were capable of having was there for them. But now, the very idea that a person can achieve the level of knowledge that is even a fraction of a percentage of what our entire culture, which is now a global culture, has. Another thing that internet has done is it has created a world without barriers. There is no nation online. There is no seperation of barriers there. It is a place that is an open market for all people. Truly, the world of the Federation has already been discovered. In a recent video that Anonymous put out, they talked about this very concept.
Anonymous is simply ideas without origin. May it be a phrase, a fad, a proverb, the concept of Anonymous has always existed.”
There has never, at any point in human history, been a connected world like this one. Never has there been a vast labyrinth of interconnectedness that has made the suffering and prosperity come into focus like this generation has.
With the world changing so quickly these days, it is almost a little difficult to comprehend how something like religion, that has more or less been unchanged for the last 2,000 years, been able to continue. When things that are only a few years old are now considered obsolete, how can something that has completely unchanging doctrine continue? How can something that has been this same organization since the Dark Ages hardly change at all? Truly, there almost seems to be an effort to this point. Religion has always been deemed by the powerful as useful.
But regardless of issues like that, the fact is that this time, this day and age, is the greatest era of all the days of humanity. The truly wonderful thing is that it is only beginning! The sun is still just rising on the human race! Who knows where we will be in 50 or 100 years. It is almost impossible to wrap one’s mind around the fact that 100 years from now, the interconnectedness that we enjoy now may be viewed as a relic.
Science and technology are evolving at a more rapid rate now than at any other time in history. It is an incredible time to be alive. Those who are living with the inventions of this day and age sometimes forget that 100 years ago, or even 30 years ago, this was all the dreams of people who worked in basements. But the internet has changed everything, for better and for always. Facebook gave the human race a place to gather. As Sean Parker said in The Social Network –
We lived on farms, then we lived in cities, and now we’re going to live on the internet!”
This creation that so many people take for granted, is the one thing that has made an entire generation the full footprint of the human race. That is our generation. Our time, is the culmination of all time, and that, I think, it an incredible thing.