Monday, June 19, 2017
Are you an optimist, pessimist, meliorist, or none of the above?
Are you an optimist, pessimist, meliorist, or none of the above? Why?
Since I survived two endarterectomies and a quadruple bypass, I guess I would call myself an optimistic realist inclined toward meliorism. I’d like to believe that I am optimist about what the future holds, but when you live as long as I have, you are either realistic about life or you’re living in a fantasy world or with your head in the sand. I have seen many technological advancements in my lifetime, medical discoveries that have reduced the fatality rates of childhood diseases and surgical techniques that have prolonged life and given me personally an opportunity to still be productive. I have seen revolutionary discoveries and advancements in many disciplines from archaeology to astronomy.
I believe that each generation will continue to move forward and while there may be temporary setbacks in any one country, globally as a species we can reflect on our progress and accomplishments especially if we consider that our distant ancestors first walked upright a few million years ago.
We still have a long distance to go to celebrate a unity that globally elevates as many humans as possible. The key is education. Sadly, we are constantly bombarded by news which reflects the darker side of humanity. The good news is that usually when looking back twenty-five years, we realize that it wasn’t as meaningful as we thought it was at the time and that life goes on. For those more catastrophic times or events, people forget the struggles of the past, sometimes to their regret.