This decade is coming to a close in less than 30 days. For most of us, it’s been the most interesting decade of our lives. The world has changed more in the last 10 years than it did in the previous 20. At least I think so.
Then again, I have very few memories from 1980 to 1985 anyway. Still, this decade has been full of monumental moments that have shaped the world we live in today.
So I thought I’d come up with a list of things that I think will define this decade, as in the things you aughtta remember. Most of it’s obvious but I’m curious to see what your thoughts were concerning these incidents.
6. June 25, 2009. Some people don’t see this as an important day. But to me, it’s the day that we began to realize just how many people still appreciated and loved Michael Jackson here in the United States. The world stopped for many people that day (and the Internet almost did, too). It may seem like a stretch, but I think it’s a day the world will long remember and one that will define this decade.
5. Nov. 4, 2008. It became cliche to say “never in my lifetime” within a matter of minutes after 7 p.m. on this day. But it was so true. Very few people in the world believed they’d see a black man win the Presidency of the United States. And I never thought I’d see so many black people around this nation filled with so much pure joy (The joy black people felt when OJ was acquitted wasn’t pure. Everyone knew he was guilty then).
4. 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami. We tend to measure catastrophes in numbers and this is one of the worst in the history of human civilization. But I can’t even begin to comprehend what 200,000-plus people dying because of one disaster looks like because we were so far displaced from it.
3. Katrina. Seeing America look third world in any sense is just strange. Seeing so much of it made so destitute makes no sense. More than anything during the Dubya Administration, this is the one thing I will take with me: How it fumbled so many lives that could have been spared and how slow they were to react and aid those in need.
2. Sept. 11, 2001. None of us had seen anything like that day on American soil and prayerfully, we never will again. Watching those buildings fall is maybe the worst memory I have of this decade, simply because we watch the loss of so much life live. I’m still a little weirded out every time I watch an old film set in New York that uses the WTC as b-roll.
1. The 2000 Presidential Election. Can you imagine how much different the world might be right now had Dubya not “won” Florida? I doubt Barack Obama would be president. Saddam Hussein would probably still be alive. The American economy may not have tanked the way it did. Who knows? One thing’s certain, though: America would be even greener than it is right now.
What are your thoughts? What would you add to the list?