Hindsight Is 20/20; Foresight is 2020

My daughter sent around a wonderful YouTube called Hindsight 2020. I wish I had the computer skills to attach it to this post, but I don’t. It portrays a father telling his young son about 2020 and how it had provided a wake up call to the world about what is really important.

I have to admit that I hadn’t thought of the significance of 2020 in relation to the age old phrase “Hindsight is 2020,” until I watched the video. But now that it hit me over the head with a two by four, I’m not likely to forget it. Hopefully the same will go for the lessons we are all learning in 2020. If we think of hindsight 2020, we can say we have learned to take pandemics and virus outbreaks seriously. We will have learned to be prepared and have plans in place for any potential disaster, and we will have learned to treat every one of our neighbors with respect.

But wouldn’t it be nice to be able to say at some point in our future that, “2020 is Foresight.” This is the year we learned that universal healthcare is critical for each and every one of us, that every worker has value and should earn at a minimum a “living wage,” and that the rapid pace we were all living would be our and this planet’s destruction. We will also have gained the foresight that we can do with less, we can walk and ride our bikes and still get wherever we need to go in plenty of time, and that green space is not just saving our planet, but our sanity as well.

Let us all dream that 2020 taught us that who are our leaders does make a difference. I bet you can come up with many more lessons, but the key will be whether those lessons turn into wisdom.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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