After the longest of delays, here’s an update!
Sir Isaac Newton is quoted as once saying, “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” Well I say, “Everything amazing happened in the 20th century.” Let’s consider the things that happened in the 20th century. The internet was created in the 20th century, and without that, I wouldn’t be able to post about it on itself. Second, computers were made, and without those, I wouldn’t be able to type this.
First things first, let’s think about the wars. In what other century would you have MILLIONS of people killed with around ten years of fighting? This probably happened in history before, but this happened like THREE times in the 20th century. The 20th century introduced a whole new kind of fighting with airplanes. Not only was it important to be powerful on sea and land, but you’d be out of luck if you couldn’t defend yourself from the air. Fire bombing and napalm let you set your enemies on fire from the air. Fire raining from the sky? I can’t think of anything worse. Maybe if we dropped spiders or clowns from the sky, but fire and bombs are bad enough. We also strapped guns that could fire bullets at unheard of rates on those flying death machines. Hell, weapons became so deadly that there were actually some that were banned. Mustard gas isn’t a condiment you would want on your hot dog. To think, in previous centuries, every country would have killed (literally) for the most deadly and horrific weapon to use on their enemies, but in the 20th century, even the victorious countries were like, “Dude…” There are tons of cautionary tales against the use of nukes after the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. However, during the Cold War the USA and USSR both had enough nukes to destroy the entire Earth like 8 times over. Considering the fact that one nuclear meltdown like Chernobyl can render an entire city uninhabitable for thousands of years, imagine the power of all those nukes exploding. It would lead to no life left on Earth or humans would have to evolve at a rate that would produce millions of Incredible Hulks.
I’m sure we’ll write more about the 20th century, but for now, we’re starting on a cheerful note. Hopefully we’ll keep this thing rolling!