In My Lifetime

In My Lifetime

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1949 – present

we stopped spitting in public
we started using seatbelts
we began recycling plastics of all types
we stopped carrying guns into the saloon
we stopped littering our highways
we stopped drinking martinis at lunch
we stopped smoking in offices and restaurants
we stopped demonizing gay people 
we started protecting our air and water
we started protecting species as best we can
we made our world accessible to the disabled
we elected a black woman Vice President of the U.S.
we eliminated the death penalty
we saved the ozone layer
we started yelling NO! to monuments of confederate slavery
we started yelling NO! to using more plastic
we started yelling NO! to sexual misconduct
we started yelling NO! to workplace discrimination
we started yelling NO! to unsustainable extraction
we started yelling NO! to police violence

we stopped dropping atomic bombs (so far)


toxic social media,
ai run amok,
gun violence,
racial, religious and ethnic prejudice,
religious vs secular polarization,
science denial and the unvaccinated,
endless wars,
armed nuclear weapons,
sexual deviance,
the politicization of everything,
poverty & inequality, and
denying women's sovereignty over their bodies,

continue to plague us, 


eventually, we can and do change for the better.