Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime - and Possibly 1 Other?
1. The Post Office
They are so deeply in financial trouble there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most postal mail every day is junk mail and bills.
It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the post office.
3. The Newspaper
The younger generation simply doesn't subscribe to or read a printed newspaper. It will go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it.
4. The Book
You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy.
And the price is less than half of a real book. Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find you are lost in the story, can't wait to see what happens next, and you forget you're holding a gadget instead of a book.
5. The Land Line Telephone
Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don't need it anymore. You are paying double charges for the extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes. And most include unlimited local and long distance calling in their packages.
This is one of the saddest parts of the change story. The music industry is dying a slow death. Illegal downloading, lack of innovative new music, and costs. Over 40% of the music purchased today is "catalogue items," meaning traditional music the public is familiar with, older established artists. This is also true on the live concert circuit. ("Appetite for Self-Destruction" by Steve Knopper, and the video documentary, "Before the Music Dies.")
Revenues to the networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed - from their computers. And they're playing games and doing lots of other things to take up the time usually spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated down to lower than the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run about every 4 minutes and 30 seconds.
8. "Things" You Own
Many of the very possessions we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in "the cloud." Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be. But all of this is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are all finishing up their latest "cloud services." It means when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the
Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider.
9. Cursive Handwriting
Already gone in some schools that no longer teach cursive because nearly everything is done now on computers or keyboards.
If there ever was a concept we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. It's gone and has been gone for a long time. There are cameras on the street, in most of the buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. "They" know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. The TV show "Person of Interest" is not as far out as you may think. If you buy something, your habit is put into countless profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. "They" will try to get you to buy something else. Again and again.
11. “True” Christian Churches
The church as we once knew it is quickly fading away because it has lost its way – being diluted with false teachings, led from the pulpits by those who lack the courage and conviction to teach and preach God’s word from the Bible. So many churches today – regardless of Christian denomination - are more interested in political correctness, numbers and expediency. Some start by removing denomination from their name followed by removing the word Christian. “Community Centers”, “Fellowship Assemblies” and other similar names are becoming more common. Former true Christian churches are being replaced by small to mega-sized “feel good” institutions that are no more of a true church than an encouraging motivational conference. They may increase the belief you have in yourself (self-worth), promote belief in others, to lead good lives, do good things and be more loving, but there are many good, loving people going to hell because they are unsaved. Unlike the above first 10 listed items, we can strive to prevent further erosion and degradation of true churches and repair at least some of the damage already done. We can begin with prayer, reading and living God’s word, and seeking true Bible-based Christian churches to attend and support with our resources. We need to spread God’s word with our actions as well as our words. So often words are said easily and quickly that should never have been said, but our actions may speak even louder than words. How many times have you seen a Christian fish emblem on the back of a vehicle and then see that vehicle cut off people in traffic or refuse to let a car in a lane of traffic? Do you really care? Are you part of the problem or part of the solution? Are you truly a Christian or simply living a lie? Are you honestly willing to seek God’s direction - now? Today is the first day of the rest of our lives! What are we waiting for?
…..“Christian Voices” (ChristianVoices@att.net).