The Midpoint of the World

What would you ask of a time traveler from a hundred years ago? And if you traveled a hundred years into the future, what would you want to tell the people you found there? Perhaps it would sound something like this:

What did you do to handle the overpopulations we predicted? How did you protect the seashores? What did you do to keep the ozone layer intact, the energy supplies, the trees? Have you eliminated ignorance, brutality, greed?

There might be no better way to discover unexamined truths about ourselves then by composing a letter to our grandchildren’s grandchildren. This was certainly on the mind of award-winning essayist Roger Rosenblatt a quarter century ago when he penned his deeply thoughtful Letter to 2086.

Read the whole article here.

Hat tip:  David Rich

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  1. #1 by on March 6, 2013 - 10:49 am

    Rabbi Goldson,
    This is a wonderful piece. Read this morning on JWR and appreciated very much you’re “antithesis” to the live-in-the-now philosophy. I’ve felt maybe I’m an alien on this planet because the concept of “living for now” has always felt totally foreign.
    Love the story of the rope and measuring stick!
    I saved copy in my special file, and look forward to reading again.
    Steve Moore

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