I had just finished reading an article about slavery and the undertones at the time. I felt all sort of emotions. Pain. How did these people feel? Pity. How could any sect have stooped so low to sell fellow beings? Disgust. Shouldn’t the buyers have known better than to commodify humans? Anger. What made the business boom and why did some think this was divinely ordered by demon gods? Laughter. This one I didn’t see coming! But yes! Laughter at what the future generations might have to say about us.
These are examples of what I saw in my head. What kind of generation would not have mixed gender football teams even as a trial on Fantasy football, yet claim gender equity efforts? Such backwardness!
What were they thinking? Driving cars and burning fossils? Who does that? Using trains when they could have thought of helipods? Having weddings on earth when all they had to do was enter their names into an online store?
Putting on shoes and killing several animals in the process of making hide and leather? Using water-flushed toilet systems? Eating out of plates when regenerative platform eating should be the trend? Such a wasteful and disrespectful generation!
All the traditions and customs as we know them being questioned and criticized simply because we’re in the past. I do the same sometimes with history when I look at the past from my now, their future.
Nothing made me more humble than the thoughts of how each generation continues to miss the mark, yet, blame the past generations. I saw how we have all fallen short and perhaps, could be the least socially just generation ever despite the seemingly unforgivable atrocities committed in the past.
It is true! We have all come short of the glory of God and were once darkness except through connection to Jesus, do we become light.
There’s almost nothing more fascinating to me right now than being judged by the past from the future. What would you say about this current generation if you were from the future?
Submissions by Wonuola Olawale.