Change, like always — but better
People complain a lot — and for good reason. There are a lot of problems with the world, we still have starvation, racism is still a thing and the powerful are screwing the working class; it’s messy. The blessed are blessed and the rest are left, and sometimes that’s all there is to it. How can the effected not be outraged? But… even though things seem bad right now — we’re luckier than we know. Although these problems are on a global scale, we’re not seeing the big picture (bare with me).
For everything bad, there’s a counterpart. ‘Food is so inorganic and unnatural now’— we can store it much better and don’t have shortages in winter. ‘The air is so polluted’ — due to modern medical advances, we currently have the longest life expectancy recorded. Some of these counterparts don’t benefit all of us, some only benefit the rich, but there is a knock on effect. Winter used to kill people. This only dawned on me when a homeless man in Manchester froze to death earlier this year, imagine dying in England because of the cold. Almost seems ridiculous. But that was a reality for people — villages got pillaged, travelling was dangerous, wild animals and thieves were lurking, it was like Game of Thrones; the working class would fear winter (back then they were called peasants — so I guess they technically sprinkled some respeck on the working class, +1 for progress). People complain about the aggression of music and the glamorising of criminals but statistically violent crime is lower than it’s ever been.
War is fading out, if we don’t have another World War within the next 30 years, war will be going out of fashion (Trump doesn’t really help — but we’re going to cross that bridge when nuclear warfare is impending). Everything is statistically shown to be improving. But because we can only live a single lifetime (I’ve looked into it, we don’t any have alternatives yet — fingers crossed for the future), we’re acclimated to where we arrived. We’re not impressed by the fact we have clean irrigation systems, even though in the 1900s it was so inadequate that water borne diseases like cholera were a real risk (in the mid 1500s the River Thames was thick and black due to sewage being dumped and described to “smell like death”). History aside, if every day I offered you £10 you’d get used to it. After a year, you’d expect that £10. If I suddenly decided to give you £5, you wouldn’t be glad you’re getting £5 instead of nothing, you’ll feel cheated out of £5.
But however, in recent years, a new trend has emerged. Technology; and we’re at the beginning of the spike.
The implications on our lives are phenomenal. Although technically our parents got (and will get) to live in the most drastically changing time (ever), I don’t think they appreciate it in the way we’ll get to.
Our descendants will get to see technology advance in ways we could never imagine, but… they’ll be used to it. Technology will continue growing at an exponential rate, and they will come to expect that. But in our lifetimes we witness the strongest juxtaposition of development in human history — we get to watch the start of everything.
Just recently we discovered metallic hydrogen (links at the bottom), hydrogen is originally found in gas but by using massive pressure to compress the gas they can form a solid. Scientists have been trying to do this for 80 years because we now theoretically have a room temperature super conductor. That means we can transfer electricity without it losing any energy and can theoretically transform computing and transportation. It’s also a ridiculously powerful fuel and would double the power rockets achieve using thermal nuclear power (fun fact: aerospace engineers measure rocket power by Specific Impulse which is defined by how much a quantity of the fuel changes the momentum of the rocket). Amazon also filed a patent for a flying warehouse that the drones could recharge from and take products. Which is absolutely amazing, it’s like the S.H.I.E.L.D hovercraft if drones were Avengers. For the first time ever somebody in working class can in their lifetime grow a company to become one of the biggest conglomerates in the world.
We live in an amazing time and we’re blessed to live it. But this post isn’t to tell people to be happy or excited for the world, because there are still lots of things that need to change. We need people that are fed up and outraged, they’re the ones that make change. In the words of Denzel Washington “Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship”, and we don’t have time to forget it, or we’ll just become another person the world outgrew. But — if you’re in a dark place, tired of the mediocrity that is existence; we have just as much light as darkness, you just need to change your perspective.
Amazon SHEILD hovercraft drone warehouse http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/12/29/amazons-flying-warehouses-dispatch-drone-deliveries-sky/