Having worked in talk radio for over 30 years, most here in Rhode Island, I’m afraid I’ve become more of a pessimist than an optimist regarding the future. When I broke in three decades ago, Rhode Islanders were complaining to the great Sherm Strickhouser about high taxes, State House corruption, cronyism, and nepotism at all levels of state government. Listen to the radio today and not a lot has changed.
John Steinbeck said, “It is the nature of a man as he grows older, a small bridge in time, to protest against change, particularly change for the better. I can have no conception of human life and human thought in a hundred years. Perhaps my greatest wisdom is the knowledge that I do not know. The sad ones are those who waste their energy in trying to hold it back, for they can only feel bitterness in loss and no joy in gain.”
Maybe in the next 100 years we’ll finally have those flying cars we’ve been waiting for since the 1939 World’s Fair. Unfortunately, Rhode Island will likely still be using a computer system from the Reagan Administration at the DMV.