Often times people will decry the loss of basic math skills, thanks to the widespread use of calculators, or basic knowledge, thanks to the easy accessibility of the Internet. To some degree these are both true, and to some degree it is also true that, yes, you can get away without memorizing facts and being good at mental or paper arithmetic in the modern world, and not be a worse person for it. (Take it to its logical progression, though, and you get…“The Feeling of Power” by Isaac Asimov. Don’t worry, it’s short.)
What worries me, though, is…
Had a thought recently. When someone mentions “the ’30s” (or “the thirties”), what do you think of? The Depression, Hoover and FDR, Chinese revolution, WWII?
Well, in twenty years, it will be the ’30s.