Meet Otis Johnson. He just time travelled 44 years.
Every so often you come across something truly great on YouTube. A video that not only entertains, but makes you think more deeply about yourself, and the world.
Sixty-nine year-old Otis Johnson’s monologue about modern life is one of those videos.
The ex-con was sentenced to 44 years imprisonment when he was 25 years-old for attempted murder. Now an elderly man, Johnson discusses his time travel-like experiences of seeing the outside world for the first time in over four decades in a short video for global news site Al Jezeera, where he visits Times Square in New York City.
Bewildered and intrigued by how much the city has changed, Johnson is genuinely perplexed by modern technological adancements, speaking of, “people with wires in their ears” and pedestrians “talking to themselves”.
As he recounts how much the world has transformed since he went into prison 44 years ago, you can’t help but wonder what impact all the bright, exciting technologies Johnson is discovering for the first time have had on your own life, and how much you’ve been taking for granted.
So if you only watch one video today, make it this one. Because it truly is an existential experience that will make you think twice before you reach for your phone or walk down the city streets.
Comment: Do you think we take our modern privileges for granted?