I have turned 70 this year. The transformation in the world has been as great as the one my grandmother saw between the 1890’s and the 1960’s when we landed on the moon. She lived to be a very old lady. I would like to, if I can remain healthy. As we grow older, Mr Furlong and I, take responsibility for our health, even though, when we were young, we were too busy “living” to worry much.
Now, I look at some of the things happening in the world today and simply despair. The problem with the planet is the people who live on it! And of the people who live on it, it is not you or me that are the problem, but THEM. THEM are those who guide us. They are the ones that know better. They are the ones who draw borders between countries in arbitrary places, who make wars, who legislate, who consult the experts who promote our laws “for our own good”, who ban pleasures, who brainwash the new generation with care so they will continue the myths promoted by THEM.
History was my major and I’ve always been interested in it. My mother had a doctorate in History and was a lecturer. I remember when one of her critics told me that History wasn’t science – just interpretation and opinion. So later, I also studied science to see how the scientific method differed. I loved it! And I have watched how THEM in the modern world, that plots and plans in statistics and evidence based facts, have chucked the baby out with the bathwater. Science is simply one way of knowing about physical things. In my old age, I wish THEM would plot and plan with the wisdom of History and Philosophy to guide them.
My grandmother lived through two world wars. But I haven’t. Yet. But I often wonder where the hell are we going. Have we not learned anything from History? Is there no wisdom in THEM?