I don’t know if it’s a collective binge of negativism that has been resonating through twitter, the news, or tumblr recently- or maybe just sour luck on my side. One thing I have noticed though is the constant slew of the tried and failed ‘golden years’ mantra which seems to always think things are going to hell.
I was born in 1988. Let’s list the things that have gone well for this country:
- Violent crimes are down, way down, so much so that many economists and sociologists are studying the cause of this. You can listen about this on Freakonomics.
- The greatest, most expansive, and encompassing communication network ever devised has come to full fruition-the internet. It has broken governments, melted borders, and cross languages.
- The Cold War ended. Yes, we might have some nukes still pointed at us, but the thought of launching them-even when things are getting tough- is distasteful beyond belief.
- More people now in the United States than ever are going to post secondary education.
- A black man became president and was re-elected.
- Gay rights isn’t some crusade for equality, it is an accepted fact by in large. If full equality doesn’t happen with the previous generation, it surely will with ours.
- #science is trending on twitter on a constant basis. People actively follow New Horizons, Curiosity, Spirit, Opportunity, BiCEP, LHC, and other massive scientific undertakings.
- The spelling bee makes national news and the winners become celebrities.
Things aren’t rose colored or carefree, but I’m sick of the downtrodden message I’ve seen recently. We’re in a world that is getting better, day by day, issue by issue. We keep preaching the end is near message, we very well might end up fulfilling that prophecy.