What is happening or what is in the World today, that you never thought you would see 5 years ago?
For me it would be:
1. The Transgender man who had a baby last year in America.
2. Sophistication of Fraud. (My bank called sometime asking if I was using my Credit Card. I assured them I was at home and had it. They said someone just used it for a £750 transaction in a Post Office. Long story short, they cancelled it)
I hope that was your bank who called you?? You didn't give them your bank details in order to cancel it did you?
I've heard of other people having received calls like that, and it wasn't the bank calling.
Evidentally, my husband's credit card had been used to get someone's phone turned on across town. When they stopped paying their bill, my husband started getting calls from creditors. Identity theives are the lowest of the low. They are scum.
I have to say that over the last ten/fifteen years, nothing surprises me. I suppose a few advances in technology in just the last five years would be my "things". Something as simple as what most cell phones do today is different/more advanced than what most did five years ago.
Technology is a strange thing. You will go far in life if you take your time to really try and understand how it works, and not just how to make it work. On the other hand, if you make no effort at all to understand at least how to make it work, you become redundant and deskilled.
The Automotive Industry and the Oil and Gas Industry not being friendly or cooperative with each other...like last year at this time when they both started finger pointing at each other.
The past five years has me astounded at how:
1. unhealthy the world has become (physically and mentally) considering the new advances in technology and information that is available to the public to improve or maintain their health;
2. violent the world has become and how violence is glorified through video, video games and other media resulting in the desensitization of the impact of violence for the users;
3. we are able to send probes and satellites into the depths of space;
4. amazing the photos of space are that we have received from the probes and satellites;
5. Galileo was able to see the stars and planets with his "technology" at the time; and
6. dependent we have become on computers, robotics and electronics in our daily lives.
video games the cause of violence really?
Violence has plagued mankind for ages. I don't think the world is any more full of violence than it was before.
I agree a lot with number 2. There is pretty much a whole community of people on YouTube that share videos of 'street fights' and in Britain 'Happy slapping'. The fact that people can drool over aggression 24/7 on the internet is a rather worrying thing. As for number 6..... I have thought about this point a lot, I love my laptop! as long as you keep healthy social relationships with real life people!
5 years ago...I would've never thought (or believed) that Gilchrist, Texas would literally be blown off the map in a gigantic hurricane (Ike).
That we would have a black president.
That there would be a HPV vaccine.
That there would be a pill that could "make a guy harder than chinese algebra." (robin williams ) ( I think that would actually be in the last 10 years)
That a person would have a face transplant.
If you're referring to the US, We don't have a black president. His Mom was not black. The race of a baby is typically determined by the race of the mother.
poor me, i thought race was determined by the color of skin. Hmmm.
Uh yeah that's what I thought too. Race is socially constructed.
Fierycj: You make me laugh all the time. I have to thank you for this.
5 years ago, I never woulda thunk:
Online social media would be such a part of people's lives.
Michael Jackson would be dead this early in his life.
I would actually be making money online.
We'd still be at war.
Paris Hilton would still be news.
That a movie like Brüno would top the US Box Office - but then again, maybe I did see it coming.
I really don't know the scientific definition of race, if there is one. I know that science seems to know, nowadays, that we are all cousins. ALL of us, humans, are connected by blood, we are all, truly, relatives. We are all of African origine, by the way. Our Mother Eve was African, according to the detective work that has been done with our DNA.
This having been said, these are the things 5 years ago I would not have imagined:
1- The solar plane that was presented a couple of weeks ago in Switzerland, with the sponsorship of prince Albert de Monaco, with the presence of Swiss govermnent's Ministers, and such.
2- The growing number of people interested in true spirituality, inside or beyond the limits of institutional churches.
3- A black President for the United States.
4- That I would get a cheap device for backing up and storing my computer's things with a capacity of 1000 gigs. One T.
5- That people would talk to each other about their domestic lives openly in Facebook or Twitter. Already they were shouting their most intimate thoughts in the streets with cell phones, but to WRITE publicly about what they are having for dinner for the world to know? No, this I would never had imagined.
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