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Why I am optimistic about the future

You know those doomsday futuristic movies like Blade Runner depicting a horrible future? Well, I don’t think we are going to have that kind of scenario.  I am optimistic for the future of humanity, despite global warming, wars, atomic bombs, cancer and population growth. Why? Here are some reasons I suspect the future will get better rather than worse:

1. More medical advances: Medical Science has greatly advanced since Alexander Fleming invented penicillin in 1928, and will continue to do so with the recent genome mapping. There will be more error proof equipment such as scanning devices that bring more accuracy to diagnostics.  Medical information will be less restricted to doctors which can aid preventive healthcare. New medications and medical research will prolong life span.

2. More alternative energies. Creative minds in almost every country are searching for more ways to use alternative energy. There will be more solar panels, electric cars and other alternative fuels in our future. 

3. More information:  Internet access is becoming more and more available to a greater number of people, as well as becoming mobile through smart phones and tablets.  More information makes people make better decisions and be exposed to different worldviews. Authoritarian regimes will have a harder time controlling populations.

4. More education: A direct result of information being more widely widespread through computers, the general public level of education should increase. People can be more self taught and not rely exclusively on teachers.  The quality of this education can be questionable, but we cannot deny how fast we can learn about different subjects nowadays with a simple click on a search engine.

5. More emphasis on public high speed transportation. The United States has been lagging behind when it comes to public transportation for decades, but I believe that  more high speed train railways will be built in the future to fight the impossible traffic that so many American and international metropolis have.

6. Less extreme religiosity: Even though the rise of Islam around the world worries a lot of people, I think access to information will also make societies more secular and fundamentalism less desirable. While I am not advocating the banning of all religions, I think religion should be more like a book club or a social club: if you like to get together and praise any god that strikes your fancy, you can do so without trying to impose it on everybody else, and most importantly, without trying to mesh your religion with politics.  I also predict a rapid growth in agnosticism and atheism parallel to the Scientific progress we will continue to see.  Am I too much of an optimist?

7. Better wealth distribution: The recent bad experience with laissez-faire Economics during the Bush Administration as the world’s largest economy turns to more Keynesian macroeconomics shows that societies around the world will be more and more aware of the dangers of large gaps between socioeconomic classes. I predict not only the rise of more democratic regimes as well as a more balanced Capitalism which allows for individual entrepreneuship as well as special protection for those who really need it. As human beings have greater access to information, social democracies will be favored and governments will have to be more accountable.  Fiscal responsability will ensue when more educated individuals demand more bang for their buck.

8. Cosmetic procedures are becoming more painless and invasive. While this doesn’t directly increase quality of life, it can soften the exterior signs of aging which can build up self esteem.

What else do you think the future will provide to make life better?

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August 9, 2010 - Posted by | Lifestyle, Society

4 Comments »

  1. Grace,
    So nice to read an optimistic view of the world! I agree with the spirit of most everything you said. Certainly there will be more medical advances, more energy sources, more information and education. I just can’t see Americans buying into public transportation in any large scale way. We just love our freedom (a.k.a.; cars) too much. And if you are correct about new energy sources, it may not matter anyway.

    In some ways I agree about religion and wealth and also I disagree. I think we will see both extremes. The raise of the internet and free information is both bringing us together and making us more segmented. The majority of people will become more secular but subcultures of extremism and fundamentalism will also become more common. The internet allows us to choose the ‘information’ we want, often just reinforcing our own opinions and shutting out alternate views. Unfortunately I think this will lead to the government becoming more and more involved in controlling our lives (and our ‘thoughts’, e.g. a start on this is “hate crimes” and other similar legislation – attempting to control thoughts and motivations rather than actions) and limiting our freedoms.

    I hope I am wrong, but I see our freedom slowing being exchanged for ‘safety’ and ‘equality’. The bill of rights has never been in so much danger as we let our freedom slip away. We will not lose our freedom by force but by negligence and fear.
    Robin

    Comment by Robin | August 23, 2010 | Reply

    • Robin, thanks for your comment. You have a point there. And I also love my car (I do not even want to share rides)! But the reality is that if I had clean fast public transportation from point A to B, without having to takes buses after that, I would use it! I already prefer going by metro to downtown DC. It doesn’t work well in suburban America though, but I see a trend toward town centers popping up everywhere in suburban areas. Hopefully humans are becoming smarter as opposed to stupid (although some say the lower IQ people are the ones having more babies..:()

      Comment by Brasilmagic | August 23, 2010 | Reply

  2. Public transit is poor because the fossil-fuel industry wants it that way. There are plenty of people willing to use it. They just need it to be clean, safe, frequent, and dependable –like it was in 1920. If we remove the fares, ridership will go up. Then there will be a stronger political constituency for public transit. With free transit the cities will be more attractive. If we improve child health and education along with more urban living, birth rates will drop quickly.

    Comment by free transit | October 11, 2010 | Reply

  3. The advances in medicin have just caused an extreme population explosion- with all its negative effetcs. For example Africa would not be a starving continent if the interference of europeans with their “beneficial” medicine would have caused an extreme contrast between available food products and crowds of people. Sometimes less is better.

    Comment by Exverlobter | December 3, 2011 | Reply


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