I Turned Sixty a Few Days Ago.

Shoshana Kaufman
4 min readNov 9, 2020

And I’m feeling cautiously optimistic.

Photo by Richard Gatley on Unsplash

It’s a cliche to say that time flies, but that’s what I’m feeling. I’m sixty years old, my daughter is almost thirty-five, and it’s already the second decade of the twenty-first century.

I can remember when people said things like “Maybe in the twenty-first century…,” meaning far, far into the future: so far that is was an almost unimaginable time.

We may not have flying cars yet, but driverless cars powered by electricity are on the horizon. The New York Times has reported that UFOs might be real. Violence might be going out of style. All things that made the prospect of this century, back in the previous century, so full of dazzling possibilities.

Of course, civilization is still in danger of ending with a total destruction of the natural environment and, if civilization survives, it might entail a vast, poverty-stricken underclass be ruled by a tiny billionaire or trillionaire elite. Things are still a bit uncertain, but this could be the century when Homo Sapiens decides to grow up and collectively get over itself. We could decide to cooperate and take care of each other along with the earth that makes life and consciousness possible.

The oil industry is in its last, dying gasps, as are the oligarchs that derive their extreme privilege from it. Eliminating carbon emissions will go a long way towards healing the planet.

Democracy might just evolve into something workable and equitable. The entire scientific world could band together and find a cure/vaccine for the Coronavirus pandemic. Perhaps it could also find a way to prevent future pandemics.

The possibilities right now are endless.

We have an important choice to make. We can either find our own innate sense of cooperation, creativity, and curiosity and live lives that are both safer and more fulfilling that the previous model of unlimited material consumption combined with domination of other people and the earth.

The election of Joe Biden as president of the United States feels like the beginning of more positive choices for humans. Perhaps his calm, fatherly demeanour will inspire other nations with authoritarian leaders to elect people more like…

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Shoshana Kaufman

Mother, Teacher, wife, food lover, spiritual searcher.