Recently, I was hired to do a piece on the Attack of Pearl Harbor and with the research involved, some heavy questions about humanity have come to the surface.
Of course we study History in our early years of school, but in revisiting the stories from WWII, my heart is heavy with many questions regarding the imprint we leave on the world after we’re gone.
As an American today, our world is dramatically different than those that lived even a decade ago. But 75 years ago…there is a gap of reality that surpasses most of our imaginations.
In reading about the war, it’s been difficult to grasp how much humanity could progress such a short period of time (the same feelings I have when I read the Bible, actually.)
It goes without saying that our world faces entirely new devastations, but while reflecting on where we were- a world entirely torn apart – I wonder if we can learn from the lives of our forefathers and react to modern issues with greater wisdom.
I speak from a place of deeply conflicting feelings. I cannot even begin to fathom how my life can play a role in ending the terrors we are currently experiencing. But within the confines of my own community, I’m compelled to question my personal contribution.
It’s difficult to know what one can contribute from a place of naivety. The world I’ve grown up in has been relatively peaceful. I’ve never lived through a great depression, a world war, or any kind of political battle that personally affects me.
Though I grew up a military kid, understanding the honor and sacrifice made to live in the country we do, it’s still difficult to conceive what life could have been like for people in this time, and what life must be like for nations that are currently living through war.
*I thought this pic of my military momma and I (with our awesome 80’s bangs) would help lighten the subject. Lol
While listening to the stories of these men who watched their friends die in their arms, I couldn’t help but wonder…what kind of stories will we, our generation, be telling 75 years from now?
What will history say about us?
Though my career in marketing leverages our obsession with social media and the newest technologies, I sometimes wonder if that’s all history will say of us. Not that being remembered as a “generation of innovators” is a terrible thing, but what if there are other great accomplishments unforeseen? Legacies that need a catalyst, like you or me, to begin.
The possibilities are endless with our access to the internet. Creatives and engineers have never been more fortunate to live in this time. Our instant access to one another provides the ability to create waves in this world…
History proves the resilience and tenacity of the human spirit. Dare to believe that you have something catalytic to contribute to this world.
What do you want the world to remember about us…about you?