A New Year’s Meditation (2022)

Source: Freeman’s Perspective
by Paul Rosenberg

“The men, women and children we would love in the future can advance only in the same way we have: by the benefaction of their predecessors. Can you imagine how long it took for ignorant men to learn the rules of metallurgy? Or crop rotation? Or a hundred other things we can barely imagine being without? Our lives are advanced only because they created new ways of living and passed them down to us. Hundreds of generations lived through dark times, fighting toward whatever bits of light they could find, opposed by others nearly the entire way, to bring us where we are now. Someday our generation will also be gone, and we will have played — whether or not we’ve understood it — the crucial role of transmitting civilization to following generations. What do we want them to be like?” (01/01/22)