Sunday, March 22, 2020

Progress Breeds Pessimism

Progress breeds pessimism. The last 100 years have brought a significant improvement in the political and financial systems in most nations, and this, in turn, has resulted in large-scale technological and industrial progress and a comfortable lifestyle for many people. Yet, paradoxically, the thinking of our intellectuals has taken an apocalyptic turn—there is an avalanche of books and movies on holocaust, cataclysmic global pandemic, devastating climate change, epic battles with powerful manmade or alien forces, asteroid impacts, or a dystopian post-apocalypse world in which few remaining humans are engaged in a battle for survival. The more advanced we become, the less faith we have in mankind’s future.

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