I think in a an era when roughly 90% of the population spends most of their time doing tedious shit they’d rather not be doing, this is a tough argument to make. I mean seriously, how many people actually like their jobs? I think the 10% I’m conceding there is pretty high, but hey, this guy’s going to make the argument anyway. I’m actually posting this for a specific reason and you’ll have to read through to catch the point I’m trying to make here (From The Spectator):
“If you think that there has never been a better time to be alive — that humanity has never been safer, healthier, more prosperous or less unequal — then you’re in the minority. But that is what the evidence incontrovertibly shows. Poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy, child labour and infant mortality are falling faster than at any other time in human history. The risk of being caught up in a war, subjected to a dictatorship or of dying in a natural disaster is smaller than ever. The golden age is now.
We’re hardwired not to believe this. We’ve evolved to be suspicious and fretful: fear and worry are tools for survival. The hunters and gatherers who survived sudden storms and predators were the ones who had a tendency to scan the horizon for new threats, rather than sit back and enjoy the view. They passed their stress genes on to us. That is why we find stories about things going wrong far more interesting than stories about things going right. It’s why bad news sells, and newspapers are full of it.
Books that say the world is doomed sell rather well, too. I have just attempted the opposite. I’ve written a book called Progress, about humanity’s triumphs. It is written partly as a warning: when we don’t see the progress we have made, we begin to search for scapegoats for the problems that remain. Sometimes, in the past and perhaps today, we have been too quick to try our luck with demagogues who offer simple solutions to make our nations great again — whether by nationalising the economy, blocking imports or throwing out immigrants. If we think we don’t have anything to lose in doing so, it’s because our memories are faulty.
Karl Marx thought that capitalism inevitably made the rich richer and the poor poorer. By the time Marx died, however, the average Englishman was three times richer than at the time of his birth 65 years earlier — never before had the population experienced anything like it.
Fast forward to 1981. Then, almost nine in ten Chinese lived in extreme poverty; now just one in ten do. Then, just half of the world’s population had access to safe water. Now, 91 per cent do. On average, that means that 285,000 more people have gained access to safe water every day for the past 25 years.”
Okay, so here’s the thing, I have a book coming out next year about my continual communications with an ancient Daemon (and I have a couple books out now that you can buy if you want to give me a tip for running the site). I’ll never forget one of these conversations where I was calling this daemonic weirdo out for all the heinous atrocities that pervade the human condition. This was sort of the response I was given in a nutshell, and in one of these encounters it was my angelick guardian confirming the sentiment. Look, you should have seen how shitty things were down there before these dark forces created this order. It was terrifying.
That not losing most of our kids thing did in fact improve our lives a bit. I will say that it’s all served art very well. If you told me like 8 years ago there’d be more amazing television than I could even keep up with, I’d say no fucking way. TV used to suck. Anywho, I stumbled on this article and it reminded me of that. There are positive and negative sides to everything. Sometimes you’ve gotta look at the bigger picture, the one where individual people don’t matter much as they’re part of a much larger sentient whole. You talk to Daemons, this is the kind of shit they tell you.
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