The world is going to hell. Or so it seems. Britain’s blazing under broiling heat as is the US south. It’s so hot in the UK, they’re wrapping one bridge in foil to protect it from damage. Climate change is wreaking havoc in other parts of the world, causing droughts, floods, and other calamities.
Meanwhile, humanity is at its own throat. Despots and dictators are sparking armed conflict, politics is becoming more polarized, inflation and the housing, crypto and traditional stock markets are tumbling, and nationalists and fascists worldwide recently gained stronger footholds in national governments.
In the US, not only are mass shootings in schools, grocery stores and parades making headlines, we’re taking it to a whole new level: having all out wild West type shootouts in shopping malls. Indeed it seems mass shootings are a near daily happening. Their fallout of carnage and tears and grief spill into and stain and weaken America’s social fabric.
All of this is enough for any sane person to ask “what the fuck is going on?“
But for me, all of this represents a glorious foretelling of our world getting better.
Everything’s gonna be alright!
Human language contains many aphorisms. So true they are, we tend to gloss over their insights. One particular aphorism I love is “it’s always darkest before the dawn”. What we see in the world today is a perfect reflection of these wise words. And that’s why I’m rejoicing.
I’m not going to list them all, but think about the massive negative experiences we’ve experienced in the world, including the seeming never-ending pandemic. In every case, time and time again, humanity always rebounds. And the rebound is always for the better.
Whether it’s the holocaust and World War II, the Great Depression, The Spanish Inquisition, or suffering through the Sharknado Universe, humanity always finds the silver lining then rides that lining into a better future.
So many moments exist or have existed where we could’ve killed ourselves off many times over. And yet, in every instance we pass the opportunity by. That same dynamic continues today amidst all the craziness.
For as sure as it appears, as the UN Secretary General put it the other day, that we are engaging in “collective suicide”, we are actually engaged in a collective crouch. The crouch before the great leap forward.
Better is coming
To those who might read these words and scoff I offer the following suggestion: check yourself before you wreck yourself! LOL.
There’s no evidence showing that our collective fate is one of doom. All evidence points to the plain, objective, historically verified fact that humanity always benefits from its own self-made catastrophes. And the ones we are experiencing today are no different.
Yes, past is not always prologue — another fantastic aphorism — nevertheless I’m putting my money on humanity.
We are in for such a great future. I’m focused on that.
What are you focused on?