I often find myself wondering what people in the future will remember about this era. The early post-millennial decade of 2000-2009 saw the rise of the internet, and, while still mired in confusion, was a technological age. The transition between millennium. This decade, however, continues to be unsure. What great works of art have been made over the past two years? Even before that? What great novels have become touchstones for a generation of novelists commenting upon what they witnessed in this modern age? Is the Tea Party and now the Occupy movement our great contributions to politics and social change?
Popular culture confounds and confuses me. Then again, I have actively spent my time since roughly 2001 avoiding most (if not all) popular music, most popular books, most popular television shows, and most popular movies (then again, triumph of art over popularity. Exceptions, obviously. Especially in movies; there just aren't enough indie movies. But I digress. Yes, I disdain most aspects of popular culture. But that's not what were necessarily talking about here. This is a little larger than that.
I find myself wondering what people living in previous ages thought. The 2000s have this obsession with the 1990s, this nostalgia of everything. Everywhere within my generation, it exists, like it was this golden age of living. My brother was born in 1993, and he always talks about the 90s. I ask him how he remembered any of those things: he was 6 when the decade ended. He says stuff I listened to, but I have a confession to make: I didn't care about music until I was about 12 or 13, and even then, it was shitty pop music. Which was just as terrible as pop music in the 2000s, the 2010s, and probably the 2020s. All these kids who were young as shit when the decade ended claim all this stuff these days. Here's my question: has this been occurring since the beginning of time? Do people automatically remember and pine old decades?
Life has been relatively stable until recently here in the United States. I remember the day that President George W. Bush declared war on Iraq; it didn't really effect me at all, so I wasn't too worried, other than not agreeing with it. But since then? Nothing. Suddenly, the recession hits and everything seems to be going to shit. America's debt reaches crisis levels, according to economists, the European Union is close to collapse, and everyone is pissed at everyone else. The future is looming, and just over the horizon, something big seems like it is about to happen. And no, I'm not referring to the 2012 conspiracy. It just feels like something huge is about to go down, something that can and will change the lives of people across the world. So when that day comes, what will happen? And will we be ready for it?