What didn’t we see coming?

June 15, 2015 Comments Off on What didn’t we see coming?

Every time I watch an old science fiction movie, I am struck by the single thing not one seemed to envision on-screen: The Internet. For all the spacecraft, aliens, time travel and the like–the possibility of millions of people communicating across the word with the speed of light, doesn’t seem to have made it into the Top 100 of predictions.

(Now, as one meme points out, we have smart phones more powerful than the computers that put a human on the moon–and we use them to fling birds at pigs and pick fights with strangers. I guess I’m glad no movie writer was ever that cynical about 21st century technology.)

When I was in high school, in about 1979, one of my beloved teachers said to me, “Make sure you have kids. Gay men and lesbians are smarter than average, and you’re stripping the gene pool if you don’t reproduce.” The concept–a lesbian having a baby?–boggled my mind. Yet, here we are, in 2015, and there are many hundreds, if not thousands of loving, happy same-sex couples with children.

I find myself wondering what else would have been unthinkable to my teen mind. Marriages, in church, legal, and celebrated in the Times? I don’t think I could have fathomed that.

If you look back, what do you think you could not have envisioned about LGBT reality today?

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