Apr 14, 2023

The world is awful

Posted by in category: futurism

Our civilization has leveraged humanism, science, technology, and a can-do attitude to make our world radically better than it ever has been before. Yet unimaginable tragedies still happen on a continuous basis. We will keep seeking solutions, improving the world, and making progress. Data support the idea that we are on the way. I urge us all to not lose faith in the power of progress. It is vital for the future of every living creature that we keep using science to change the world for the better.

From the article: “It is wrong to think that these three statements contradict each other. We need to see that they are all true to see that a better world is possible.”

The world is much better. The world can be much better. All three statements are true at the same time.

Discussions about the state of the world too often focus on the first statement: The news highlights what is going wrong, rarely mentioning any positive development.

A pushback on this narrative takes it to the other extreme, which is equally damaging. Solely communicating the progress that the world has achieved becomes unhelpful, or even repugnant, when it glosses over the problems that are real today.

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