Today I am thankful for living in the future.
I’m virtually blind. Without my contact lenses I can’t see, can’t drive my car, can’t play sports with my daughter, can’t appreciate our mountains or any of the other wonders that vision grants us.
We take these little pieces of glass and plastic for granted but they are as much a miracle for me as in any biblical story where the blind were made to see and I am thankful whenever I remember that this gift of sight was not always so easily gained.
200 years ago “lenses” (barely qualifying compared to today’s) cost people twice what they do today, and at the lower incomes of the time that would be as much as 1/20 of their annual wages (more than most of us pay today for two months of rent).
But today I can purchases glasses, can purchase my eyesight, for little more than an average American’s wage for 2 day’s work… perfectly fitted, shatterproof, scratch resistant, UV filtering, auto tinting, etc. All because of the advances and economic progress of US over that time. Progress which has put this life changing marvel within my and every American’s reach.