I have always felt nostalgic about the past and no, I do not mean my own. A past that I have learned to love, a past that I constantly reminisce and a past that I always dream about. A past that I haven't lived nor experienced but a past that I have only heard and read about. A past so raw but a past so pure.
Human beings have this constant need to look for comfort, to ease the hardships that life brings to the table and to make our lives easier but have we ever stopped to think that may be we have gotten ahead of ourselves? Have we already gotten overboard with all this development? Are we moving way too fast? I do get that change is constant but this constant need to change sometimes feels so consuming that we forget to be thankful, to accept the way life is and to just be contented.
Modern sciences have made it possible for us to cure diseases that used to wipe out an entire race; technology allowed us to fast forward time in terms of inventions where we can swiftly finish a menial task that used to take hours and even to the point of reaching our loved ones on the other side of the globe in mere seconds compared to the months of waiting for a single snail mail from them; inexplicable theories that our ancestors believed have now been dismissed; and our culture in general changes as time passes by.
BUT with this power to change within our grasp, we have neglected the negative effects it has brought us. This will be quite a long list if I tackle every aspect and you will probably get bored out of your wits so let me just rant about a few:
|Lydia Ward | Guy's Hospital London | 1907|
The Modern SciencesWe might have cured diseases that were considered deadly before but we also made it possible to clone animals and most probably in the near future (or most likely right now and the public is just unaware), humans. Can we just focus on curing diseases please? Stop all those unwarranted wishes to live forever. Jeez! Haven't you all lived enough?
The Environmental ImpactsGone are the days where we rely on Mother Earth for heat and cold because we can now create artificial sunlight and rain. Worst-case scenario? Forcing artificial weather causes a major impact to our environment. Unending snowstorms, super typhoons, longer periods of drought, rainstorms... Oh! The list is endless! Let me just redirect you to the nearest doomsday flick.
|Nagasaki | Hiroshima Attack | 1945|
The Digital WarfareI am not in the position to discuss specifics since my knowledge regarding this is limited but but but come on, with just a click of a finger, we can now hack into government servers. Give and take a few years or so, the robotics industry in Japan will probably or is probably already making their own Transformers (see movies). With just a touch of a button, North Korea can launch missiles to destroy a country. Let us just wipe out the whole world while were at it, shall we? This need for power is just suffocating!
The Future of MusicI feel like an old lady by saying this but why do we have to create new genres of music? Haven't we had enough? I mean, there's nothing wrong with it for I love how it's growing but there's just too much and I can't catch up! Haha. I'm literally googling this as we speak for I only heard about EDMs where I think it's like the modern disco music made by the DJs without the vocals, I think, alongside with (thanks Google!) but not limited to are Rap Rave(?), Dynametrix (?!), Gyp-hop (?!?), Igbo-Highlife (?!!) and whatever genre there is that I can't even comprehend.
Why am I ranting, you may ask? Let's see, my generation (90s and below) grew up being taught by older generations about The Beatles and The Rolling Stones; listened to Britney, Christina and Mariah; sang along adorable boy bands; learned classical pieces from Bach and the lot; you do get the gist, right? The next generation, I won't be that much worried since we still have a few more worthy singers upon us but my dearest great great great great great grandchildren, I hope for yoursakes, a worthy playlist.
|Their last kiss | A photo from World War II|
The Unusual RelationshipsI do not know if I should applaud this generation's creativity since relationship titles have gone a long way. Take me back to the days where Husband/Wife and Boyfriend/Girlfriend were the only titles that exist because these days we have FWBs, FuBus, Friendzones, Titleless (those that obviously like each other and go on dates but are hindered by circumstances or revelation of feelings)... Hhm. I'm drawing a blank at the moment but I'm pretty sure there are still more titles. So tell me y'all? How did everything get so complicated?! If you like me and I like you back then let's just be together damnit, forget all those other title nonsense. Pft.
Our parents celebrated Anniversaries but how did it get so low that we now glorify that we can actually stay a month in a relationship! Monthsaries!!! Who the heck invented that?! Can't we trust ourselves to stay longer? A freaking month! That is just ridiculous! It goes to show how much our culture has grown or shrank for that matter, relationship-wise. It's probably the technology, the media, the norm or whatever so I beg you, please take me back in time! Let me fall in love with a renaissance man. Let's fall slow, fall true and fall for someone who'll go forever with you.
"With great power comes great responsibility."
Yes, you read that right. I just quoted Uncle Ben from Spiderman. Haha. We may not have supernatural powers but what we do have is the power to change and to choose what to change so with this huge feat in our hands, we must all learn how to act responsibly. Go ahead, change the world for the better but please not to the extent that we sacrifice the finer things in life where we could eventually lose ourselves. We are so obsessed with changing that we don't even realize what we are doing wrong. Sometimes it's okay to look back, stop, breathe and think for a while before we act selfishly on it. Wake up people! Wake up!