Is it cruel to have children when the world is so terrible? That's not a new question. And when a newspaper columnist in Michigan asked it in 1989, he came down on the side of no. The world of the future — the world of 2014, to be exact — was going to be just wonderful enough that having kids was a great idea. Was he right?
Small town columnist Barry Lake wrote about research he had done regarding the future (looking forward 25 years) in the August 2, 1989 Marshall Chronicle in Michigan. Lake's predictions read like the most optimist forecasts of the 1950s and 60s. Telecommuting? Check. Personal health monitors in every home? Check. 30-hour work week? Check.