The Wizard of Oz complex

In 1805, there were only fifteen corporations in America. In the last two centuries, we have seen the explosion of factories and mass production. Leading many of us to enjoy very rich and comfortable lives.

In 1918, the Spanish Flu swept through the world infecting 500 million people. Killing 50 to 100 million people (roughly 5% of the world’s population). Now, we enjoy the availability and accessibility of vaccinations.

In the 1950’s, photography was shot in black and white. And too many of us suffered from what I like to call the Wizard of Oz Complex. Where we believed that the world was actually black and white back in the day.

We live in the safest world in human history. There is a genuine disconnect from our past. And we forget that it wasn’t always this way.

We are now to a point where we take advantage of things like mass production, vaccinations, and technology. Taking advantages of these luxuries doesn’t make us evil. It just the story we have told ourselves has become polluted. We need to have a culture that is going to teach us and remind us of how good it is. That it won’t always be this way.