The 21st Century Takes Shape

Here we are 2019

Now that we are this deep into the new century, I feel like it is beginning to take shape.  I must be middle aged or old because I was already an adult when we had the Millenial & Century change over.  I realize that those normally go together but most of the time only the century changes, so it feels double even if it is not.

During last Autumn someone I worked caring for part-time died at the age of 100.  In fact, today would be his 101st birthday.  Due to that, I thought a bit about his age and how that relates to this stuff about centuries.  He was born in 1918 when the century had recently changed, but not the Millenium.

When I thought about that, I realized that I believe that it takes a good 15 years for the vibe of the new century to sort of ‘kick in’, which might be true.  Is it the same for a Millenium or proportional?  Please post your comments about this beneath this blog post.

Main Changes in Technology

So far what we mainly have are: the Internet and laptops; revamped telecommunications with individuals now able to use satellite technology to send photos of pet cats to friends on the other side of the planet.  ‘Fiber optics’ may be closer to the truth.  The Information Age is here, as my son pointed out a few years ago.

Meanwhile, some of us are feeling a little puzzled that the Information Age followed the Space Age.

Hybrid and electrical cars are making another inroad into popular culture and street cars and mass transit using electric vehicles is also being reworked and tried some more.

Solar power is making steady gains in several applications and wind farming for electricity has grown dramatically during the last 20 years of the 20th century and the first 18 years of the new Millenium.

Civil Rights Progress?

Within my own nation and around the world:  during the past 50 years extreme poverty has been reduced by 50% and experts say there is a realistic chance of eliminating poverty without eliminating people during this century.

In my nation there are signs of significant progress ‘for women and minorities’ and yet there continue to be problems; some seem to be natural and others seem to just reveal how pernicious some of the social problems really are.

In numerous nations around the world civil rights and economic conditions have improved but in other countries, and sometimes other people in the same countries, are suffering like never before: rather than better it has grown worse.  For others, it seems the traps have new names but are still there and can’t be escaped.

Do you feel it to?

Please post into the comments section your own feelings about this century and millennium.

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