When the 2000’s began, we got over the so-called Y2K crisis and looked forward to not only a new decade, but a new century as well — not like the future depicted in 2001: A Space Odyssey, but at least a bit better than the last few decades of the 20th Century.  And yet, what we ended up getting wasn’t exactly what we expected — or needed.  In the case of this decade alone, we ended up getting the destruction of New York City’s World Trade Center and a subsequent war on terrorism that ended up becoming less popular — a powerful hurricane that did tremendous damage to New Orleans — and a global financial crisis that was, in many respects, more devastating than the one that started the Great Depression almost eighty years ago.
   The question that one should ask is: Will things really improve in the coming decade?  Unfortunately, we don’t have an easy answer for that question — just like we don’t have the power to peer into the near future.  But then, it’s one lesson that’s existed throughout history — and figuring out the solutions to our problems in the real world are far more difficult and complicated than doing that particular task in a movie or a TV show episode.  That doesn’t mean that finding solutions to such thorny problems should be impossible — and turning the impossible into the possible has always been one of mankind’s greatest traits.  It helps when you’ve got past history on your side to accomplish such tasks.
   So, as the 2000’s starts to make way for the 2010’s, is there hope for our world?  The answer, of course, is simple: It’s up to all of us to make sure that a saner — and perhaps better world does arise from the problems of the past.  It was a lesson worth remembering not only before — but also today and tomorrow.

About johnlav

I've written five published novels -- including the first two in the CHAMELEONS, INC. book series -- as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in both print and on the Internet.
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