01.18.19 | Chris Daily |
I hope you’re ready: it’s time for a confession.
I’ve been noticing the “glass-half-empty” mentality more and more from those around me. I’m not without blame, either.
I’ve been wondering what the future holds. At times, I have asked if we, as a world, are heading to a place with no hope. Real challenges of modern society: global warming, immigration issues, trade tariffs, trampling of personal freedoms, dominate the 24/7 news cycle.
I decided to review older draft blog posts for inspiration, and an article by Steve Denning gave me pause, providing a bit of perspective. The piece focused on Steve tackling a societal retrospective, taking a look at how things have changed throughout recent history.
When you take some time and read the article, you realize that we’re making progress. We have reduced poverty, extended life expectancy, and, speaking in a very general manner, have made people’s lives better.
We have come a long way.
Most of the folks who were alive 100 years ago would have struggled to imagine the world we currently live in. Today is yesterday’s dreams of science fiction.
The Power of Hope
We have a come a long way, but there’s still so much to do.
No doubt the challenges in front of us are immense. We as Americans are divided on about every topic. Discrimination, sexual harassment, and racial hatred are still alarmingly clear and present dangers.
To survive in this environment, we have to find hope. We have to believe that things will get better in the future. Thinking that we will overcome the challenges and issues in front of us may seem like science fiction today, but without hope, what do we have?
Do you walk on eggshells to avoid confrontations? We have to continue to push forward, being brave enough to face the challenges head-on, fighting the good fights, knowing that things can get better. We have to be living examples ourselves of the world we want to see.
After all, isn’t that what got our species to this point?
If you want to check out Steve’s article, you can see it here.
Thanks for coming in today.