If someone from the 1950’s suddenly appeared today, what would be the most difficult thing to explain to them about life today?
I was intrigued! I imagined some person having been awakened after a prolonged slumber in a life-preservation pod or something out of a Sci-Fi flick. I envisioned taking this person around a house, a city, our country! Here are things that would likely take quite a bit of explaining, not necessarily in any order of importance or degree of difficulty:
- The smart devices that are almost literally attached to us–iPhone, iPad, Laptop, etc. How does a small gadget possess so much information! And we can make calls without an operator intervening!
- Microwave ovens and other programmable household appliances
- Remote control on our TVs. A Colored TV. How about Hi Def and the flat screen?
- Medical breakthroughs like wiping out small pox, AIDS and its cure, cure for childhood ALL
- The Republicans This might take forever to explain.
- An African-American US President
- A Female Secretary of State, Female members of the Senate and Congress, Female Law Enforcement Officers, or members of the Military
- Indiscriminate shootings in schools, theaters, malls, etc. juxtaposed against the NRA and their success story in building a successful business for themselves by sponsoring successful laws over the last 30 years to water down controls, all in the name of the Second Amendment.
- Hurricane Sandy, The Tsunamis, The Earthquake in Japan, Katrina
- Angry Birds and why they’re so addicting.
- We have landed and walked on the moon! Now, we’re exploring Mars and other planets. Pluto is no longer a planet!
- Quentin Tarantino films (and why I’m a fan!)
- Organic food – most everything back then is what we would consider organic today. How to explain our mass production of meat, vegetables, grain, and inhumane treatment of animals?
- Online shopping -all at your fingertips
- Reality TV. Even I don’t get it.
- The prices of everything! Gas, Eggs, Milk, Cars, Clothes, Houses
- Disposable diapers for the very young and very old
- Micro-Financing, Kickstarter, Crowdsourcing
- Apartheid, Myanmar, The Arab Spring
- The Death of the U.S.S.R. and the birth of many nations.
- Google, Facebook, Twitter
- The Fiscal Cliff, The Debt Ceiling, The Bank Bailouts
- Same-Sex Marriage, LBGT
- Cigarettes do cause cancer and marijuana has medicinal uses!
I’m sure I’ve missed quite a number but I I’ll stop at 25. This list may go on forever! Will this person become hopeful/relieved/excited or despondent/disillusioned/disgusted so much that they would crawl back to their pod to sleep for eternity?
Do you have others that may prove daunting to explain? Do share!