|We will be admired...
A 1000 years from now
|A 1000 years from now...
Many would likely share the perception that humanity is largely unable to apply lessons
learned in the past. Although this is arguably not true, our vision is often obscured by
the presence of a significant sway of influence not even known to exist. It is an omission
and it is found in the failure to concern ourselves with the notion of how we will be
perceived by future generations.
Of the Past
To ponder a humanity existing 1000 years ago, is likely to also
behold through the perception that similarities would be very few in
number. In contemplating the notion we may place too much
importance upon the dramatic changes in technology. If only viewed
through the lens of technology it seems plausible that we would
|overlook some of the ways in which we are similar. Such information may even
provide useful insight as it pertains to the challenges now faced on a planet much
smaller then originally thought.
1000 years from now, how will we be perceived by the
historians looking to our era? We of the future will surely
wonder what life was like in the early 2000's. Which of our
current practices and understandings will still exist at that time?
Of which current practices will there be a sense of incredulity
relative to our many erroneous beliefs and behaviors then
seeming so obvious? How could we have
|believed the many absurdities present for so long? Could we not see the behaviors so
detrimental to humanity and the environment alike? And how could many of our time
behold the two as separable?
|In an effort to establish the legitimacy of current beliefs and
practices it may be helpful to establish if the issue in question passes
the "1000 year test” Will the practices of today have an effect on
the lives of very distant descendants 1000 years from now? If it can
be established, or at least imagined, that a practice will have either
|neutral or positive impact, the issue qualifies as having passed the "1000
year test" Those beliefs and practices seen as detrimental or likely
non-existent at that time are deemed as having failed the "1000-year test.
|If any given belief or practice fails the 'test' does that mean it is wrong today? and has
always been wrong? Perhaps one of the greatest follies of humanity is the collective
rationalization that a harmful practice is acceptable in the absence of any known
|We may verbalize concern relative to detrimental practices as we talk
about the world conditions left to our grand-children... But, such
language probably conveys only a willingness to make palatable the
notion of ongoing harm while simultaneously and deliberately pursuing
paths to remain unaware.
|As we look upon our world today what are the issues we anticipate
passing or failing the test of time? Will finite resources still exist at
levels allowing for rates of consumption similar to that which we are
accustomed? Will the social issues of the death penalty, abortion, and
possession of fire-arms appear similar to contemporary incarnations?
Will we still be using fossil fuels to propel our transportation?
|The answer to most, if not all above inquiries, may well be “no"-they 'fail
In years soon to come we will have a greater awareness of these issues-
|humanity has always found a way to survive. We will begin to apply human creativity
to assure much more sustainable alternatives are developed. Dramatic positive
changes in politics, conservation, and economies will gradually advance in the direction
of greater wealth and human equality while simultaneously applying practices that
renew the health of our planet.
|These are not the words of a prophet only those of an individual
realizing humanity has always found a way to pull back from the
brink of destruction; each time there emerges a more just and
equitable society. And though our own self-preservation may
represent lower-form virtue...
|The 1000 Year Test
If any given belief or practice fails the 'test' does that mean it is wrong today? and has always been wrong? Perhaps one of the greatest follies of humanity is the collective rationalization that a harmful practice is acceptable in the absence of any known alternative