I'm sure someone will inform me who it was that said "Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it". Those are great words.
I have no crystal ball so I don't know what the future will bring. I do go back far enough to know what it was like. If you are young (and everyone is young to me), read a book about what Alaska was like 30, 40, 100 years ago. Talk to some of the "old timers". The first name that comes to mind is Art Fields (a relative of stranger). If you can't talk to Art, maybe stranger would be kind enough to tell a story or two. According to Art, he totaled 5 cubs in his flying career. Or maybe Steve Harvey - who flies out of Kodiak and has been flying for a LONG time. Or maybe one of the elder Ketchums or whoever.
Read books about pilots who heated engine oil on wood stoves so it would be liquid enough to get their plane started.
Try to get a sense of what Alaska was like several years ago. Then you can have something to judge where it is today and maybe even see some of the reasons. Certainly technology and the large increase in residents have both contributed to the change.
If you can't think of anything better, send an e-mail, give me your phone number, and I will call in January or February (when the hunting seasons are mostly over) and spin some yarns about what Alaska was like 40 years ago. Or maybe even why I knew the pipeline was a "done deal" several years before congress approved it. Certainly one of the changes in my life that I didn't see coming was the advent of "digital phone" which allows me to call people in Alaska and not incur additional "long distance" charges.
All-in-all, everyone should know what life was like "before" and why it is like it is now. Only armed with that knowledge can one look with impartiality and see why change always occurs.