For so many of us who are working hard to just stay afloat in our personal lives — between debt, family obligations, relationships, careers and more — it is awfully easy to forget that we are indeed living in some historically interesting times.
I recently got an interesting message in my fortune cookie after a plate of extra spicy Kung Pao chicken. The wise and crunchy confection communicated, “May you live in interesting times – Chinese Proverb”. This got me to thinking about the wisdom of this bit of ancient Chinese thinking. For so many of us who are working hard to just stay afloat in our personal lives — between debt, family obligations, relationships, careers and more — it is awfully easy to forget that we are indeed living in some historically interesting times. Centuries of human history stretched out for countless generations of folks who lived lives veritably unchanged compared to their forebearers. But in the last 100 years, the pace of advancements have radically reorganized the nature of life from one generation to the next; sometimes with transcendental effects and othertimes with nightmarish consequences. Consider the advances in medicine and humanity’s delight at the doubling of average life expectancies. Yet we all face the terrifying realities of a world that grows more overpopulated amidst dwindling resources. Ponder the rise of global travel and information science; how it brings our world together in unprecendted ways. Yet we all grapple with the confrontations that come with increased interaction amongst tribes of humanity. We all grapple with the impact our growth and movement has upon the ecology we all must share. So today, whether you’re consumed with studies, job hunting, mortgage payments, child rearing or any of the myriad concerns that keep you focused on the tasks at hand, take a pause for one moment to consider the unprecedented times we live in and some of the amazing things transpiring around our world today. We truly live in the most interesting of times!