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Protests 100 years from now

While watching the Prohibition series on PBS recently, I was struck with how passionate people were on the issue — the wets and the drys. There were protests in the streets and people pouring out liquor on the streets and women doing sit-ins at bars.

I thought, as I often do when watching history, “All the people in those prohibition protests are dead.”

It's not as depressing of a thought as it sounds. It puts things in perspective. We are all just flowing through history and most of what we get worked up about solves itself in time.

What is your biggest worry today? In 100 years, the person sitting where you are sitting (if the building or house you're sitting in still exists) will have a big worry about something but yours will no longer matter.

Look at the faces in this Occupy Wall Street photo taken by my husband in New York last week. (Notice the asshole countersign to the Zionist sign.) In 100 years, all those folks will be gone. But what will happen with their causes? Will they change history? We won't be around to find out.

Humbling yet gratifying, too.

(Tony Wadden photo)

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Writer Catherine Johnston of Olympia, Wash., addresses issues facing aging baby boomers and seniors as well as issues of serious illness, death and dying, grief and loss.

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