Thomas Friedman: How we remember the future

The great thing about time in general is that the age-old question of where you will be in 20 years is always the wrong question to ask.

It is far better to ask, “What will you remember with fondness and/or hate?”

It becomes all too easy to worry about your place in the future. Because we are just a small population on a small planet, it seems to us that we live in the end of the world as we have seen it. But when we think of those who live beyond our own time, we might think of archeologists digging up the remnants of a lost empire, poets discussing society’s delusions and traveling scientists recreating mankind.

It seems to me that the future is a reality we, as humans, get to enjoy for only so long. And there is plenty of room for change.

So it is easy to have questions about what lies beyond our place on this planet.

Especially today, when we are just starting to address some of the problems facing the planet.

How do we grow up, for example? And how do we treat the natural resources of the world? What are we going to do with our grandchildren and beyond? What are we going to do with our children and beyond?

The not-in-my-fault side of life wants to treat the future as if it is for the birds. This is good in a way, because we give people in the future room to grow. But I have to admit that I would really like to look back and see that my parents, even if they were fools, were good people who went about their lives on their own terms. I would like to see the happiness I felt at their wedding and those amazing days spent with my siblings and the amazing love my parents had for each other.

I want to know that my future son will have a much different life from mine.

At the same time, I realize that many of my dreams are always left unrealized. I remember wanting to be a doctor, but did not become one. I wanted to attend the best university, but did not get into it. I chose my profession, but, as with many others, it has never come true in a way I wanted it to.

So I know that I am not the only one looking at our world with hope, but only the hope in the unknown.

When we die, it is because of some accident. And because of some unknown event. Because a lot of the time, we don’t know what is going to happen next.

This is why one of the biggest questions we will be discussing in 20 years is this: What will the world be like?

On one hand, I believe that we are on the edge of something extraordinary.

I can’t help but think that human life on this planet might become a little more livable.

It may seem impossible to imagine that our life will become a little easier, but I believe we are headed in that direction.

I believe that the greatest inventions of our time are the computers we have today. They have put so much power in our hands and have given us a world that has never been bigger.

The next time I think of my father, I will think of a computer.

For someone who grew up in a small town in Nebraska, this is a huge change.

But, to put it in terms my father would understand, it will be nothing compared to what his future grandchild will experience.

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