The world of the Past… 50—60 years ago.
We would play outside all day without fear.
We would have quiet family dinners where we talked about our day.
We enjoyed radio and used our imagination when listening to stories.
Early TV had no sex and much less violence.
Family would live close by.
Police used to walk the streets and check that doors were locked.
We had fewer material possessions but we were happy in our simple life.
There was more discipline in the home which taught children values.
There was respect for elders.
We played softball in the park, played hide and seek, marbles and built go- carts from old wooden boxes.
Life was harder because there were less labor-saving devices but people were genuinely happy on the whole.
The world in the Present…
A look at the recent headlines and you would conclude that things are pretty bad.
You would be pushed to pessimism.
And yet the optimists say that we live in the best of times, poverty has fallen and we have more labor-saving devices now.
But in these hyper info times we seem to be addicted to bad news which leads us to believe things are worse than they are.
The optimists say since things have been improving there is no reason why they won’t continue to improve.
But why assume that? It’s not feasible to predict future results by past performance.
What about the Future? Will it be better or worse?
You get different answers from Pessimists, from Optimists and from Realists!
An optimist would say the world will get better because we will get new technologies that will help us do things easier. Robots with artificial intelligence will do our work.
A pessimist would say the world will NOT get better because basic human nature is evil. Humans are predators, we eat meat and we have an instinct that enables people to kill. So we destroy our environment and create wars. Humans are evil and un-empathetic to each other. The world will NOT get better because human nature will NOT change!
A realist would say that you have to look on both sides, negative and positive.
Hopefully education will be the answer for future generations to make better decisions and be more tolerant in their views. Then humanity will continue to grow powerful and more civilized. But there is a lot of work to do if we are to make things better.
So lets look at human nature , is it good or bad?
Is man capable of making a better world?
Man can be very good or very bad. Man is caring at times and creative, but also man is a manipulator, exploiter, abuser and a killer.
So what’s the answer?
We need to prepare to cope with bad events and confront our own destructiveness. Hopefully we will become wiser and better prepared to cope with life and build a better world.
In approaching the topic of a “Better World” we talked about Realism, Optimism and Pessimism, lets examine these:
Assuming and expecting something that is NOT real is living in an imaginary world.
Being realistic allows a person to make decisions based on fact not on false hopes.
Being optimistic is narrowing your mind because you only see one side of an issue.
Realism sees both sides, negative and positive.
Realists are more well adjusted than optimists and they are more objective and unbiased.
They say that optimists live healthier lives and have more hope and faith.
They say we need some optimism to live life enjoyably.
Optimism gives us determination and perseverance.
A Pessimist looks on the negative side of things. This creates anxiety.
The world of the future is in for rapid change. Science is delving more into A.I. and robots. Will this threaten our own human nature?
No, it won’t. Since the beginning of time, humans have had the ability to pull through the worst situations.
Are we in for big changes?
Yes, we are, BUT these changes will bring forth a better world, hopefully.
New technologies will alter human life, BUT, human nature will always have a place in our world, because we have moral principles that we have set. Our values and morals will control change.
HAVE NO FEAR, WE WILL PREVAIL!
Also published on Medium.