Future U.S. History Students: ‘It’s Pretty Embarrassing How Long You Guys Took To Legalize Gay Marriage’
Preview: “According to students in Mr. Bernard’s fourth-period U.S. history class, it’s ‘really pathetic’ how long it took for early-21st-century Americans to finally legalize gay marriage.”
What will our grandchildren hate about us?
Preview: “I’ll speculate that a century or so hence, breakthroughs in laboratory-created meat substitutes will have put an end to the killing of animals in general (in factory farms and family farms alike), and worked a revolution in moral sentiments that makes my present belief in the moral acceptability of meat-eating seem hopelessly barbaric.”
Not Only Our Grandchildren Should Worry
Preview: “Good Evening: U.S. stocks advanced for a second straight day, which is quite an achievement considering the S&P 500 hasn’t put together back to back up days since April. That the gains themselves and the volumes behind them were somewhat muted is not surprising in light of tomorrow’s unemployment figures, nor is it a shock to see the VIX close back below the 30 level with market volatility starting to ebb. Expectations for tomorrow’s jobs report are all over the map due to the impact of census hiring, but how the markets finish to end the week will indeed be interesting. Having experienced a mini-crash in May, as well as a retest of those lows, the S&P 500 is now at a crossroads. It closed above resistance at 1100 but still sits below its 200 day moving average of 1105 or so. Perhaps Mr. Market’s near term direction will be revealed by tomorrow’s close, but a recent speech by David Einhorn reminds us all that there are longer term issues that need to be addressed.”
What will future generations condemn us for?
The Washington Post
Preview: “Once, pretty much everywhere, beating your wife and children was regarded as a father’s duty, homosexuality was a hanging offense, and waterboarding was approved — in fact, invented — by the Catholic Church. Through the middle of the 19th century, the United States and other nations in the Americas condoned plantation slavery. Many of our grandparents were born in states where women were forbidden to vote. And well into the 20th century, lynch mobs in this country stripped, tortured, hanged and burned human beings at picnics.
Looking back at such horrors, it is easy to ask: What were people thinking?
Yet, the chances are that our own descendants will ask the same question, with the same incomprehension, about some of our practices today.”
Will Our Grandchildren Condemn Us For Factory Farming?
The MFA Blog
Preview: “In an enlightened piece in The Washington Post on Sunday, author Kwame Anthony Appiah predicts that, like the condemnation of slavery and the oppression of women as barbaric today, our current system of industrial meat production will shock and horrify future generations. Appiah notes that, as with slavery, opposition to cruelty to animals has been mounting for centuries and that only through invoking “tradition, human nature or necessity” and “strategic ignorance” is it allowed to continue. Of course, the trick is not to look back at past generations in dismay, but to recognize the injustices and cruelties perpetrated in our own time and to work to stop them.”