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TCFP50: 20 years in…

It dawned on me just the other day that we’re 20 years into the new millennium. It’s 2020 suddenly.

Try not to be startled about that, I do have a pretty decent handle on how time works. The other half of the thought took me to 1980.

1980 was 20 years before 2000 and now we are 20 years past 2000.

But aren’t those two vicennia (thank you, Google) utterly different? The progress in the first being massively more than the second?

In 1980, we didn’t have 24-hour TV, mobiles, the internet, CDs, cloning, Prozac, Microsoft Windows or a fifth gear. This list could go on and on.

In 2000, we didn’t have a camera ‘phone, Facebook, the iPhone or driverless cars. But weren’t these simply improvements on what first appears in the 80s and 90s?

What life-altering things have been invented in the 00s and 10s?

Not much according to my searches, except perhaps Wi-Fi and some science stuff that I don’t quite get.

And so, it becomes obvious doesn’t it?

The 80s and 90s were unbeatable, the best of the best, unsurpassable, indomitable. But perhaps that’s how some of you feel about the 60s or 70s?

I bet if I bothered to properly research this, I’d realise that the 80s and 90s were just building on the previous two decades.

But why bother with proper research?

I’m happy to acknowledge that I’m now as gnarled and biased as the best of them and to work from there.

Resisting my biases is futile but being aware of them leaves me well-placed not to be led by them.


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