Another decade is complete and set for the history books. Civilization is moving so fast that it's scary. God only knows where we're headed this decade. If you look back into history, it is surprising to see how advanced we have become in such a short period of time. Travel with me briefly through time.
If you go back to a few years before Christ, men rode around on donkeys and camels. Horses and chariots would later be used. Boats and ships were used in the water. Communicating to those that were not of close reach was done by messengers. Writing was done on clay or stone tablets. Most people thought the world was flat and didn't travel much over a five to ten mile radius in their entire life. The average family lived on a farm and killed their own food for meals. The weapons of those days were mostly bow and arrows and spheres, although as time passed the first version of a gun was made using gunpowder and an iron pipe.
Over the next two or three hundred years, the Americas were discovered and many of the surrounding islands. Trains began to be used for long distance traveling but other than that, few other advancements were made. Hundreds of years passed and people still lived primitively with no problems.
Enter the 20th century. During the late 1800's to now, roughly 120 years, just think about the advancement of mankind. In nearly all aspects from small to big, we have advanced. During this period, we have gone from writing with a feather dipped in ink to the invention of fountain pens. The automobile was invented and perfected along with other vehicles such as trucks, motorcycles, vans, and buses. Airplanes, helicopters, and even spacecraft were invented. Radios, black and white televisions, cameras, air conditioners, and heaters for our homes were created. All of these came about in a matter of 50 or 60 years.
By the mid 1900's, technology had completely taken over. Telephones helped us communicate with our neighbors, we were able to watch our world leaders on television or listen to them on the radio, so we would have more than just a picture in a paper to know who they were. There also began to be other shows on the air to keep us entertained although there were only 2 or 3 channels and the TV went completely off at a certain time.
From the 1960's to 2010, we have probably advanced more than we did at any other time on this earth. During these last 50 years, we have gone from the basic telephone to the use of beepers and now cellphones. Our televisions have gone from heavy black and white to flat screen, high definition color, from 2-3 channels to over 100, and from one news show daily to 24 hour news from several channels. We made advances on the oven in the form of a microwave. Man not only began to fly frequently around the globe, but we have traveled to the moon and are looking into traveling to Mars.
The internet, emails, cellphones and text messaging have taken communication to another level as we now communicate with people on the other side of the globe as if they were next door. We now have all of these instruments: television, radio, ipod, internet, email, texting combined on one cellphone. Books upon books, magazines, newspapers and all types of information are available on a phone via internet. GPS systems help guide us across the globe without getting lost. Sometimes. Scientists have even gone as far as cloning animals and are itching to start cloning humans. All of this has happened in the last 50 years.
As I think about the advancement of man I can't help but think about an old Bible story from the Book of Genesis. Man had built a tower to reach the heavens. Many interpret the heavens to mean the clouds. God didn't like it, and that was when he separated the languages, naming the tower Babel.
But here we are in the great U.S. of A. and almost all of the languages are back united. I often wonder what God thinks of us now, especially when it comes to cloning. I'm no preacher, so I couldn't say but it certainly makes me apprehensive of what's to happen next. Can you imagine what the world will be like in 100 years? Will we make it that far? Can you imagine what it will be like 10 years from now when everything we use today will be outdated?
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