Decade in Review

November 18, 2009


It was a decade of chaos. When the world had entered the new millenium, optimism was in full stock. The last century was a wake up call to the world. After global wars and technological advances in the 20th century, the desire and tools were on hand for living a better twenty-first.  But the first decade of this new century, had an array of things many thought happened only in movies. One of the most unforeseeable events ever took place. Four commercial airliners were hijacked and were sent crashing. The end result was around 3,000 lives lost, two landmarks were gone along with any sense of normalcy and hopes for peace.

What took place after the attacks of September 11th, or 9/11, seemed to be more events that contended to match the catastrophic nature of those on that Tuesday morning. Tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, wars, and a global economic meltdown. Some went as far to call the 1990s, the roaring 90s.

But humanity also displayed it’s very best during this decade. In those times of disaster, people rose up to meet the help of those most affected. Whether it was donating food, giving blood or volunteering their time, humanity never stopped moving forward.

Perhaps, this decade was a reminder. When the New Year celebrations took place, maybe we were looking to put the past behind us without watching our steps as marched forward. The new century did not clean the world’s slate. We still faced problems. And as we enter a new decade, we ourselves may be desiring to put this decade in the past and march as well. But we must learn the lessons of this decade before doing so and realize that a clean slate doesn’t just happen. The world is something to work on, prepare for and maintain. That is how peace is kept and made.


edit:For the next couple of weeks, I will be looking back at this decade and be posting links from those looking back as well.