An addition snippet about "then" that is so relevant now:
It did not come easy, but it gives me hope for the future:
"Events since 2000 underscore the utter unpredictability of the future.
The 2000 election was the first in 112 years in which a president lost the popular vote but captured enough states to win the electoral vote. It took five weeks to determine the election's outcome, which hinged on a few hundred votes in Florida. By a 5-4 majority, the U.S. Supreme Court halted a recount ordered by the Florida Supreme Court on the grounds that it violated the principle that all votes must be treated equally and that there was not enough time to conduct a new manual recount that would meet constitutional muster.
^^^ 3-D printed ultra-sound casts, solar powered super trees and fish farming in ocean waters...
And let me leave you with this ~