If you are reading this blog post the odds are you are an adult, well over the age of 16 (at least chronologically). This means you were likely born somewhere between the 1960s and 1980s. And while reading this very absorbing wikipedia entry I was stuck by an astoundingly cool fact.
You and I, without effort, just by the accident of birth, have done something that’s rare in human history : When we happily toasted to the new year on 1st Jan 2001, we not only cheerfully crossed over from one century to another (from the 20th to 21st century), we are crossed from one millennia to another (more specifically from the 2nd millennium to the 3rd millennium, or from 11th to 12th if you like me believe the Human Calendar Idea is better).
This kind of jump is not a boast the majority of humans from the past can make. 1 of 10 centuries in a millennia allows for the opportunity. With the rapid mind boggling way technology and human progress has accelerated in the last few decades, the vinegar in this realisation comes from the hard reality that you and I were grew up and were educated in one millennia but work, play and live in a different millennia. So if you ever live to see your great-grand-kids/nieces/nephews you can wheeze to them that you have seen and experienced life across centuries and millennia. The next grandfather/grandma who can claim so is 900 odd years away so they better pay attention to the pearls you are dispensing. Because that statement would be factually a 100% correct.
The Chinese Blessing/Curse is “May you live in Interesting times”. And looks like we all are blessed/cursed to.