January 1, 2017•245 words
The future is bright, if not a little blurry
What a crazy year. If you would’ve told me that 2016 would contain the election of a reality TV star, countless celebrity deaths from music and movies I grew up watching, and the Dallas Cowboys being the number one seed in the NFC, I’d ask you what alternate reality you came from.
At the same time, even with all the doom and gloom coming from partisan politics and a general feeling of unrest, 2016 was still the best year on record in many regards.
From reducing poverty and child mortality, to increasing literacy and education, humanity has made substantial progress and we show no signs of slowing down!
And if you don’t believe me, tell me what other period of human history you would’ve preferred to be born (and no, you can’t dictate the circumstances of your birth). I’d be surprised to hear anything other than right here, right now.
So take a minute to let that sink in. 2016 was the best year in human history. 2017 will be better. We’re lucky to be alive right now, and our children and grandchildren will be luckier still!
Sure, awful things will still happen. There will be deaths, there will be a narcissist in the White House, surrounded by a cabinet of the slimiest swamp monsters we’ve ever seen, and there will be problems. But I’m not worried for humanity.
We’re good at fixing shit.