This message is addressed to a future generation…
…the generation that will clean up our mess after we’re gone.
Dear Future Generation...
Right now, you may be asking yourself, “What were my ancestors thinking? Didn’t they see that was bad was only going to get worse, much worse? Why didn’t they change their ways?”
Well, we were thinking and we did see. Despite appearances to the contrary, we did try to change.
But change is so very difficult—I’m speaking from my own experience.
Change is hard, even when I clearly see how I need to change.
Even when I have the tools to help me, change is hard. Even when I have outside support. Even when I have access to the best minds, past and present. Even when I believe in myself—in my inner strength, my will. Even when change is my deepest desire…
…it’s incredibly hard!
So…if change is difficult for a single individual under optimal conditions…
…imagine how hard it would be for an entire world of people to change under less-than-optimal conditions.
Change is scary. Change, to a greater or lesser degree, feels like death.
Well, it is death—death to an old way of life.
Eventually, we were willing to undergo such a death…
…when the change we feared seemed less of a threat than the danger of remaining the same.
Of course, by then it was too late.
Ironically, many died because of our fear of death.
Nonetheless, you should not lose hope in what humans can do…
Again and again, I witnessed people rising above their fear. Communities too—even nations. I achieved a few personal triumphs myself.
No, we didn’t rise enough. But I believe you can, Future Generation. After all, you have this added motivation: while we could see what might happen to the human race, you can see what did happen…
And what could happen again, if human beings don’t drastically change their ways.
I believe, stubborn as we humans are, we’ll keep working at it, until one day, we finally achieve some semblance of the dream.
It’s up to you.
© 2017, Michael R. Patton
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