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Bad Forecasters

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. More people now in the United States than ever are going to post secondary education.
  5. A black man became president and was re-elected.
  6. 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. 
  7. #science is trending on twitter on a constant basis. People actively follow New Horizons, Curiosity, Spirit, Opportunity, BiCEP, LHC, and other massive scientific undertakings. 
  8. 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.

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