I, for one, don’t.
I am getting the feeling that my optimism about the future is actually growing.
First there is Hans Rosling and his new effort to get people to unlearn what they think is true but isn’t. And kudos to him, and good luck!
Then there is Matt Ridley, who calmly and realistically points out how WELL we are doing in the world right now, contravening every “Common Wisdom” that the modern-world-haters spew out day after day.
Then, the other day my girlfriend was bemoaning the fact that kids walk down the street with earplugs or several sit in a coffeehouse at the same table focused on their smart phone apps, with the world around their physical bodies focused completely out. As is typical with most people over 50, she said, “That is terrible! There are all their friends right there! And what are they doing? Tapping away on their cell phones! They don’t even talk to each other anymore!”
Me? I get the exact opposite impression. These are people doing exactly what they want to do, which in my mind is the absolute best way to learn anything.
Long ago, I looked round me and saw kids – damned near all of them – playing and playing and playing, and smiling all the while, while adults – damned near all of them – were droning through their days with frowns and looks of quiet desperation. Continue reading