Its been way too long since I wrote. If you’re like me, I get several e-mails a week full of nostalgia for the past. They contain pictures of Elvis, Howdy Doody, and six-cent cokes. They evoke wonderful memories of our childhood and our past. They of course leave out the iron lung machines and wars of the 40’s, 50’s,60’s, and 70’s. The problem with always looking toward the past, is we know where we’re going. We no longer dream about the unknown and the unexplored. We recall the excitement of the first time we watched TV, the first time we tried the hula hoop, or snuck in a drive in theatre. A great deal of the nostalgia we feel is for the excitement we felt when we first experienced something in our past, but the only way to recreate that excitement is to explore once again. Remember where you were and how you felt when we first landed on the moon. You cannot recreate that sensation by looking at films, but you can by sending men and women to Mars. I can’t remember how my parents felt when a vaccine for polio was discovered, but I loved to experience the feeling of knowing there is now a cancer vaccine. I don’t suggest we stop reminiscing about the “good old days.” All I suggest is we spend a large amount of our time and effort dreaming and creating nostalgia for the next generations. We are always called to evolve with imagination and exploration. If we turn to the past, we turn our backs to the future.
I believe part of each individual’s calling is to ask questions of the society in which he/she lives and continuously stress the necessity of progress, not only of the individual, but also the world…. As long as we live, we must keeps searching for a new order without divisions between people, for a new structure, that allows every person to shake hands with every other person, and a new life in which there will be unity and peace. We look forward not backward because there will never be a moment in this life in which one can rest in the supposition that there is nothing left to do. We will not despair when we can’t not see the result. For in the midst of our work, we keep hearing the word of God. “I am making all things new.” ( Rev. 21:5).
Sorry dear friend a little bit of frustration with those who would return us all to the past crept into my letter. I need to go back to my meditation.
Your Friend, Webb