Almost 40 years ago, we were suffering from Future Shock.
Gee, I wonder what fresh hell we're suffering from today?
Too much change in too short a time? The death of permanence?
Wonder where that leaves us four decades down the road from 1972?
No, we don't change the color of our skin, we just tattoo every inch of it. The artificial-intelligence robot that finds its way around the room? We call it the Roomba . . . a self-guided vacuum cleaner.
FUTURE SHOCK, meet Louise Brown . . . and the loss of all the philosophical and ethical qualms we had about such in 1972.
And the film nailed what was coming with gay marriage.
HOME ELECTROSHOCK therapy? Who needs that when you're popping Prozac like M&Ms?
"That is the challenge of future shock, to look clearly into today's world to understand the consequences -- that what we do today determines what tomorrow will be." Reaction No. 1: No s***, Sherlock. Reaction No. 2: We're screwed.
THIS SLICE of 1972, based on the 1970 Alvin Toffler book -- and its vision of a thoroughly shocked future -- notably has no mention of a couple of things shocking the present of 2011 and the future from here on. That would be the Internet and global warming.
Hang on, folks. The journey into infinity and beyond just might be a rough one.