Irvine circa 2117
It drew our attention to the long-term future of that site, and of the city itself not yet 50, by making us really imagine the future a century from now.
It’s pretty awe-inspiring to think about: for the next 100 years and beyond, veterans of the U.S. military will be buried in that hallowed ground that was part of MCAS El Toro, and no doubt will soon be included within the official boundaries of the Orange County Great Park.
Irvine and its citizenry will have the high honor, distinct privilege and sacred duty to do right by the men and women who have given so much to their nation, while too often receiving little of the respect, honor and accolades they deserve in return.
We owe that same respect and honor to those who will be living here long after we’re gone. Irvine has in many ways always been a city of and for the future, but now it seems too many of us are living in the past, fighting old battles, and wishing things were like they were in 1985.
The 100-year future of Irvine does not belong to any of us who have lived here for part or all of the past 50 years. It belongs to the future, to the children, and their families who come here to for the opportunity to make their lives as good as ours have been.
So lead, follow, or get out of the way: but let’s not deny their future because we’re too attached to our past.