Neither. Look, every generation that comes along claims that the world was a better place when they were younger and that things are just getting worse. But the way I see it, that’s just an eye-of-the-beholder kind of thing. Of course the world was a better place when we were younger. We didn’t have as many responsibilities as kids. And we have a tendency to remember the good memories over the bad ones, so our view of the world of the past can be slightly tainted. That’s not to say bad things didn’t happen to each of us, nor do we completely forget those things. I’m just saying that, statistically, our memories are usually optimistic.
Things could happen in the future. The climate could change dramatically causing ice caps to melt and oceans to rise. Dictatorships could rise and fall causing nuclear weapons or biological weapons to become misplaced and misused by terrorist organizations. The zombie apocalypse could happen. A meteor the size of Mt. Everest could strike the Earth. But mankind would probably find some way to survive. Okay, maybe not those last two, those are kind of hard to come back from, but you get the point. The world keeps turning and humanity keeps growing and evolving into a race of people who keep on truckin’.
What do you think? 100 years from now, better or worse? Let me know in the comments.
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.