Saturday, October 2, 2010
So, I am sitting here (praying for this tooth ache to subside, can't see the dentist until Tuesday) watching Back to the Future (1985), and I was suddenly struck by a comment that Dr. Emmet Brown just made.
Before I get to that, let me say that I was 15 years old in 1985. I was in high school and certainly was pretty aware of current events and the world around me. Not saying I UNDERSTOOD a whole lot of these events, but I was aware of them.
SO, right before the time travel snafu that spins the story into its major conflict, Doc says that he wants to go 25 years into the future and behold civilization's great advancements.
Hmmm. It suddenly dawned on me... That's right now. 1985 to 2010, according to my math (which speaking of high school was a failed subject more than once) is twenty five years.
Well, dear Emmet. Behold! Jack-shit has changed. Oh sure, many things have changed, no doubt. But, fundamentally, we're still the same bickering, noisy, polarized bunch of twits (congress anyone?) we've been since... a very long time now.
Next time Doc, shoot for 75 to 100 years and Maybe, just MAYBE, you'll get a pleasant surprise.