Item 1: Letter of Introduction
Dear reader from 100 years in the future, I’m writing this letter to give you an idea of what it’s like to have lived in the late 20th Century and early 21st Century. Life for me was very structured and family oriented. I had a good upbringing in Georgia as an only child. I served in the United States Army and attended college simultaneously. I was a very busy person throughout those years. Currently in 2014, I am 30 years old and married with a dog. My wife and I are planning our first child this year! We are both young professionals and love to travel. My daily experiences at this time include waking up and getting dressed for work. My wife and I are both very busy and with no kids to feed, we both usually rush out of the house without having breakfast. Sometimes I grab something while at work and sometimes I’ll just eat an early lunch. I work 5 days a week between 8-10 hours a day. At this time in history, telework is becoming very popular. Many feel that it cuts down on pollution and helps to limit traffic in largely populated cities such as Washington, D.C. Employees are enjoying the benefits of working in their pajamas, lowered dry cleaning bills, and burning less gas while employers are enjoying having lowered overhead costs in many instances. Unfortunately, the Army hasn’t yet adopted teleworking. I get 10 paid holidays a year with 30 days of paid vacation time. My perspective on this modern era is that it is very interesting. In my early childhood, there was a such thing as being inaccessible if you were busy or out of town. Cell phones and other electronics have virtually eliminated this option. Everyone is accessible nearly 24 hours a day. I personally have mixed feelings about this accessibility. I feel that it’s great to always be able to contact loved ones in case of an emergency; however, I sometimes want to not be reachable. Growing up in the south in the late 20th Century and early 21st Century, I witnessed a lot of racism against African Americans. I feel that as a country we are making strides to correct this, however, we are still a long way away from that goal. My dreams for the future are for the United States to truly be completely united and for racism to become extinct and for prejudices against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community to cease to exist. My goals are for my wife and me to be successful and productive members of society and to raise our children to be respectable and responsible adults. I hope you enjoy the elements of my time capsule
Item 2: Morality/Decision Making On March 5, 2014, a woman attempted to kill herself and her three children, ages 3, 9, and 10 by driving her minivan into the ocean (Almasy, 2014). There were two men on the beach that day who heard the cries and screams of the children who were pleading with their mother to stop and they took action. The two men rescued the 9 and 10 year olds while attempting to get the mother to stop driving the car and lifeguards saved the 3 year old child. These actions are a good reflection of the morality and decision making in our country at that time. More often than not, citizens will step in and help to save innocent children, adults, and sometimes animals that need help.
Item 3: Happiness My definition of happiness is being able to be legally married to my wife and to wake up next to her every day. It is the smile that crosses my face when I think about her. It’s seeing her succeed and push me to succeed. It is growing my family with children and being able to do so legally and privately. My entire life as it is at this point in time is happiness to me. I reached this view of happiness simply by living. When I was younger I thought it would be having the best clothes and shoes, or a nice mansion, or having millions of dollars.