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How to Send Love Letters to the Future

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Dallas Boyd
Dallas Boyd
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 Assuming that the world doesn’t end in 2012 (would it be so bad?) what would you say to your great-Grandchildren if you had the chance? 

This is an open invitation to write your Love Letters to the Future:
You may leave text, video, or image messages online at www.loveletterstothefuture.com 
 
The Top 100 will be selected and on December 13th, 2009, they will be locked in a time capsule and stored in Copenhagen, Denmark, to be opened again exactly 100 years from now. Doesn't that give you the warm fuzzies?
 
You may already have a few things cooking in the back of your mind that you’d like to communicate to the leaders of tomorrow… Maybe you’d like to drop a comment about the state of war, politics, famine, the economy, agriculture, Michael Jackson, or the Balloon Boy.
 
But sorry, the general marketing ploy behind this idea is of course, our favourite issue, climate change. 
Therefore, Love Letters referring to this phenomenon are probably more likely to be accepted into the prestigious Top 100 (especially if your message fits whatever tone they are trying to set. Everything is so rigidly controlled these days…sigh).
 
Personally, I would be wary of the potential for embarrassment… 
 
Although our knowledge of the world is growing exponentially, so too, is our ignorance and our questions. The number of scientific articles being published every year is continually increasing and information is the fastest growing entity in the world. Yet although our knowledge of the world and universe is much more sophisticated than it was a century ago, each new revelation only breeds more questions. “Telescopes and microscopes expanded not only what we knew, but what we didn’t know. They allowed us to spy into our ignorance… In other words, science is a method that chiefly expands our ignorance rather than our knowledge.” (Which I'm not saying is a bad thing.)
 
The intense drama surrounding Climate Change (which to be specific, is usually associated with Global Warming) interests me, because from what I can gather/Google there is also copious amounts of converse information that presents evidence for Global Cooling - so much so, you may read about it at climatecooling.org, the companion site to climatechangefacts.info
 
I wonder, if we preserve a bunch of heartfelt rambling about climate change for our intellectually evolved, space-suit wearing spawn in the year 2109, would we come off as a bunch of dorky cavemen, obsessed over some scientific “world is flat” type beliefs that were disproved yonks ago? Will they point and laugh, and shake their heads and say "Those silly sausages!" Looking back is not necessarily a good thing. Think of the 1980’s - they were only a quarter of a decade ago, yet we’re all sufficiently embarrassed by those years… Imagine if we had of made a "Gay Plague" video for future generations about AIDS in the 1980s ... and speaking on the 80's ... if you do leave a message, maybe send a text instead of a video... We don’t know what the fashion will be like in 100 years, and you don’t want your Great Grandchildren to think you looked like a dork.
 
It’s always easy to look back in retrospect and judge or criticize, but maybe, today, we do not see or understand that popularly held convictions and beliefs could be wrong.   
 
“Future generations will be living with the consequences of whatever action we take - or do not take - on climate change, would you send them messages of hope and inspiration - or regret?”
 
Personally, I would keep my mouth shut. I like to hope that I could learn a lot more from my Great Grandkids, than they could ever learn from me. 
 
"Your children are not your children.... They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. 
They come through you but not from you... And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. 
You may give them your love but not your thoughts... For they have their own thoughts. 
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.... For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. 
You may house their bodies but not their souls... For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit... not even in your dreams."
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

 

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