I think it will be good, generally speaking. You would be able to infer some less than positive things from my writing, but I think that Humanity is on a pretty impressive upward trajectory.
We think the world is chaotic and violent now?
The world is more peaceful than it’s ever been. Minor conflicts erupt all over the world but they are extremely minor compared to the spats, snafus and downright dust-ups we used to have.
Let’s look at the most bare-bones fact. We are said to have passed the 1 billion human mark in 1804. We passed the 2 billion mark in 1927. In less time than those two points, we have ballooned to more than 7 billion people.
Say what you like about population control (although bear in mind that Eugenicists have existed since long before we hit 2 billion) but we must be doing something right. More people are surviving, growing up, starting families, helping those families to live and grow and repeat the process.
People in the olden days lived to the ripe old age of ‘Died in Childbirth’, nowadays even the most complex illnesses and injuries are not just held off, they are attacked!
Polio? Clinging ineffectually to life in only three nations on Earth.
Malaria? Getting it’s ass kicked up and down the Southern Hemisphere.
And remember all those nuclear wars we were scheduled to have?
I understand the urge to be scared, angry or depressed about the news coming out of all corners, but you can’t let yourselves be sucked into a cycle of apathy by the news cycles. The reason the news is so depressing isn’t because the world is getting worse, it’s because news agencies feel compelled to show bad news. Good journalists think it makes them look more serious, bad journalists need the spectacle.
The world is better than that.
Thanks to the hard work of the generations leading up to us, there are kids in the Philippines who get to eat meat every day, and kids in the Congo who spend their days in school learning to be engineers, doctors, poets, philosophers.
I know there are problems, and scary situations, and demagogues looking to take advantage of all the fear and negativity.
But there’s hope, too. Lots of it.