i do NOT think there is more injustice, violence and corrupt politicians as opposed to the past. There were recessions and depressions in the past. In
fact, compared to some societies, atrocities etc. happened in history we have it PRETTY DAMN GOOD.
First, I'd like to second Itsnowagain's video recommendation, everyone should take a few minutes to watch it. It might help with proper
Maybe we do have it "good", in comparison to past times, but we have to be careful of how we interpret history. It certainly makes no sense to blow
a big horn about the fact that there has been progress, that is to be expected.
But what if much of the "progress" we feel so good about isn't quite as good (for us) as it looks?
Material progress, is this what we're mainly talking about? OK. We have a bit more to eat, we have some entertainment. As the video points out, we
may get to choose our occupations, whereas in the past, not so much.
But if there is a guiding hand behind it all, then maybe we would be celebrating prematurely.
Perhaps we are like cattle, who have been given better stalls to stand in, and slightly tastier grass to chew on. But, if we're still in the stalls,
and then we think we have it "pretty damn good", maybe something has gone wrong.
So, there is a bigger picture that we should strive to see I think.
While I don't think "pessimism" is a particularly healthy way to think, I also believe that realism
probably appears to be "pessimistic"
to most people, especially younger people.
Realism is acknowledging the ugly fact that at least in our personal physical experience, life will always get worse after a certain point, never
better. We age, and eventually die.
Realism is acknowledging the ugly fact that we have "masters" that plan on keeping us enslaved. Worse, we might find evidence that they plan to
tighten the chains that our grandchildren will wear.
Of course, I wouldn't want to splatter mud on anyone's rose-colored glasses, but some of us feel like we have a duty to point out, and alert our
fellow humans to the less-than rosy aspects of where we're at, and where we may be headed.
I'm all for being grateful, and trying to be "happy" with whatever comes our way, but the minute we feel that it's "enough" somehow, or that it
is "really" wonderful, then we might have drifted into delusion at that point.
Delusion is something we probably should continue to avoid.
There probably really is a Man Behind the Curtain, and although he may tell us to "pay no attention!", while the magician's hand is moving
hypnotically, we can be certain that his other hand is where the trick is at.