Future's So Bright We Gotta Wear Shades
Here’s something you don’t see a whole lot of these days: a new study that says the future looks fairly bright from here.
I have to admit I did a double take, then a spit take, then had to take another look to make sure I was reading it right. It’s not that I don’t think we can get to that place where we really want to go, and we’ll walk in the sun. It’s just that you don’t see too many studies whose bottom line is that those of us who have such goofy rose-colored thoughts don’t need to increase our medication.
Because a bunch of indicators that say things are looking up. Education and life expectancy are rising. Wars (believe it or not) and poverty are falling. (Though it’s bizarro in the extreme to see that the income of wealthiest 225 people in the world equals the income of the poorest 2.5 billion. That’s just freaky twisted weird. And not in a good way…). The report says that, like, you know… there are a couple of things certainly that we need to fix. Like this little global warming thing. Also the aforementioned income gap between those that got and those that don’t is gonna be a problem unless we start slicing the pie a little differently. And there are still some spooky diseases we need to deal with, among other things. But the gist of it is that we can all get to Happyland if we try. We just have to get serious. Get together. Get the collective hive mind working on the hard stuff. Take the money away from all the simian war people and give it to the evolved energy people and education people and farmer people, etc. Which, if you just think of it that way, suddenly doesn’t seem so undoable or even all that difficult and actually maybe even a little bit simple. Will power, baby…