When I was in seventh grade I had a school assignment in which I had to interview someone about what life was like during the Depression. I ended up interviewing my grandmother, even though she was a little girl at the time.
I think about that now that I have a son, and I wonder what future homework assignment I will be interviewed for one day. And that makes me a bit nervous, as I tend to go through long periods of time where I don't pay as close attention to world news as I should.
So, now I am making an effort to pay more attention to life outside of our borders. So one day, when I am asked what life was like during major event in my lifetime, I can give a more well-rounded viewpoint.