I suppose I should write an article on the inauguration of President Donald Trump but I’m not going to. I support the president and if you watched the inauguration on TV as I did, there is nothing more I can add.
But something good did happen this past week. Barb and I became great-grandparents for the fourth time. When we first got married, of course, we expected to have children and grandchildren but maybe not quite so many. We now have four boys we call great-grandchildren. There are many other senior citizens who can proudly attest to also having their fourth generation and maybe some lucky enough to having their fifth generation just starting with them also. It could well be that by the time we turn 85 or 90 we too can boast of that privilege.
So where am I going with this?
For those of us who are in their 70s and 80s who started their lives around the late 1920s are becoming fewer in number every day. My parents were just kids during the Great Depression and were in their late teens in the war years, and I grew up in the Eisenhower years.
As each decade overtook the previous one, we saw the world change. From decade to decade our society has changed the way we believe, think and talk; every decade breaking the older taboos of that society.
The pill and the sexual revolution was an important part of the drive for sexual equality in the 1960s.
Our technologies in all fields of science, health, education, etc., have provided a cornucopia of utilitarian life of ease for those who could afford it. I look at the past to when NASA was founded and we have been on the moon and back now NASA is on a journey to Mars, with a goal of sending humans to the Red Planet in the 2030s.
I have written of just a few things that happened in my 70 years and so I wonder what our latest addition to the family will be doing in the next 20 or 30 years when our generation is no more and he is just starting his adult life.
Here are some things that will surely be around during his lifetime.
The children born in this decade will live longer and have healthier lives. Viruses such as Zika already have a vaccine in development by the National Institutes of Health and will become available later this year.
Viruses will decline, causing healthier lifestyles. Living over 125 years will be common for our great-grandson. In all likelihood he will live to see the year 2140.
Fewer Americans are dying of cancer. The latest numbers from the American Cancer Society show a 25 percent drop in cancer deaths since 1991. With all the newer medical advancements being made, diagnosing and screening, doctors will be able to detect cancer disorders in advance and certain cancers are expected to cease to exist.
With the advancement of spacecraft technology sub-orbital commercial flights will be common and a flight from Sydney, Australia, to New York City will take less than two hours.
Astrophysics will allow the heavens to be seen as never before as newer technologies being built will finally allow one to get an up close view of other galaxies stars and planets.
Vehicles in the 2030s will all be computer operated voice commanded with built in safety devices to protect the inhabitants.
It will be a very interesting time for our great-grandchildren.