In spite of a steady stream of bad news and foreboding events, there’s not a better time to be alive in human history than right now.
On the whole we are safer, healthier, more educated, more knowledgeable, more prosperous, and more secure than any generation of humans before us.
“But,” you say, “look at all the people saying and doing bad things. Look at all the suffering and injustice in the world. Look at the fragility of our planet.”
Well, go fight for justice. Provide relief where you can to those who are suffering. Protect our planet. Do good and be good and make the world around you a kinder place.
Let the circumstances that challenge us summon the heroic within us.
The century ahead is filled with unprecedented potential for progress and for peril.
The previous century was marked by both the greatest triumphs and the most shameful transgressions and tragedies of human history so far. But where we are today is markedly better than where we were one hundred years ago.
What do the decades ahead hold for us?
Our story is unwritten. We get to decide how we will respond to the obstacles and opportunities rising before us.
But we are more fortunate and more prepared to push humanity forward than any generation that came before.
Be grateful that you are alive right now.