I know that past generations are different to the future ones. Human beings have made significant technological advances, social changes and cultural exchanges throughout history. However these were not done by all. Humanity today is the result of a handful of people who were explorers, people who wanted to not just go forth into the world but to understand and change it. To make the world a better place for all. Humanity was a brave few people working to advance the species, pulling or pushing the majority along toward a new horizion.
But I feel as if our ancestors may be disappointed with us. This generation is still making progress but it seems as though it's slowing down. So many people are more concerned about petty things like political opinions, celebritiy opinions, etc.
When I was younger I wanted to be a scientist. Because scientists are constantly pushing the boundary of human knowledge. Trying to learn more and explore. I still feel this way but I don't understand why some people prefer to tear down monuments, burn buildings and stop others from working to create a better world.
Is it just me or do other people feel as though humanity's progress has slowed recently? People have changed significantly, we have become less mature over time, we concern ourselves with the smallest of things; hate crime is an example. Why can't people toughen their minds and hearts to learn to live in an imperfect world so they can better prepare it for the next generation?
One pathetic indication of a declining humanity is when a man of great intellect such as Stephen Hawking dies, he is relegated to page 40 of a major New York City metropolitan newspaper.If any useless nitwit like a Kardashion or famous rapper had died it would have been on the first or second page.It's is a sad commentary when a culture worships and rewards the dregs of society.
All civilizations rise and fall under what Paul Bohammon called "the curse of culture." Every belief, nrom, practice, way of thinking that comes into existence in a culture limits that which follows and channels it. When the burden of that cahnneling becomes so restrictive or wrong'headed, in leads people to act disfunctionally, leading to the downfall of the culture. Thee is a real danger that it is happening now, unless we can act with wisdom, independence of thought and action, critical thinking, and constructive action in new directions.
One would need a crystal ball to tell where we are going. It's easy to draw conclusions from certain events, and predict that, if this or that persists and nothing intervenes to stop it, we will end up moving in a certain direction, which may, or may not be for the betterment of humanity.
Right now, there is much to indicate we are going backwards, but this may be simply a phase of an awakening. Look at what appears to be a trend over the last few months of Democrats winning Republican seats; of kids becoming vocal and demonstrative regarding slaughter in schools; of graft and corruption being exposed on a wide scale; the "me too" movement, etc., etc.
These are hopeful signs to me. There is still an immense amount of work to be done, but if the aforementioned trends are sustained, and good, capable people step forward to maintain the momentum, I think we have a chance to accomplish unprecedented progress in many of these areas.
Our innate negativity bias will distort our perception if we are not aware of it. If we allow negativity bias to dominate, we become pons to those who profit from it. There has not been a better time than now (recent history) to be human. Authoritarianism is on the rise again (which has always tried to dominate the species), but I don't think it will last although humans have had the propensity to not learn from the lessons that history has to teach. This slows progress. I can assure you that as a woman, I wouldn't want to live in any other time period, although I am fully aware that women are still considered subhuman in many parts of the world.
Looking at the poll, with the majority of the votes saying humanity is in decline (sigh), it seems apparent to me that we have a need for intelligent optimism, otherwise we just become a self-fulling prophecy of apathy and doom.
I see humanity as too successful… Overpopulation consuming resources at an unsustainable rate.. Living in a rural area, it’s so apparent, the closer you get to an urban environment ..the less you’re worth. You’re in the way - and a dime a dozen…
The religious don’t apparently care, cuz in their fanticy, once they’ve consumed the resources of this planet … their invisible sky god's going to give them another one. Or, if ‘they’re good’ (which apparently includes paying off a porn star to hide her from your wife/ life), you’ll be ‘raptured’ out of here in the nick of time!
Humanities doing what humans do, compete & consume ~
When I consider our advancement in technology to how we are still stuck in the same structure of society, we are as a species in decline. Power, wealth, government and social status still working to keep the majority of the planets population in check. Technology itself is being used against itself to limit advancement and growth towards a better society. Purposely to benefit an entity prolonging the use of what should be outdated obsolete means.
I think at every age people think it is both the best and worst of times. After all, it is all they/we know and technology was better than previous times. However, it took millions of lives,lots of suffering and untold destgruction to advance. That is our lot.
A year ago I saw a TED talk about exponential growth curve and how technology was able to raise the upper limit. It was shown that technology had to come faster and faster to keep up with human population growth. My question is at what point will technology cease to be able to keep up. In many parts of the world that day has come!
Humans are overbreeding in general at an unbelievable rate unchecked taking natural habitat and anything in the way out of the system to be replaced by very foriegn objects and life. on the cusp of greatness only to die out because of our greed and need.
I don't know how it is in many other countries, but I think one area where most Americans agree is that educational standards have declined. If we could raise the standard of education, provide needed funding, make eduction available for all, and teach students better thinking skills, that would help with many Americans overcome to some extent the divisiveness in our country. It would also help and motivate more people to be informed citizens and to be able to work together better to solve our problems. I don't know if tose goals will be achieved, but I think it would help a lot.
To paraphrase Calamity Jane from Deadwood, people are people and that's the tragedy of it. Western civilization has climbed to the top - the very acme, in fact - of the pile so we can just ease off on the accelerator and enjoy Game of Thrones and the endless amount of waste that we produce. Is that decline? I don't think so; it's just how we roll. What we need is an alien invasion which will give us all a collective slap upside the head.
In the age gizmos and don't give a damn, we are going in the other direction. That is one of the reasons I became an atheist, seeing the light,etc. I don't think there will good change in the near future considering who the president of this country is.
Humanity is what we make it. Goodness or badness are values of intent Humanity really has no intent. Based on population growth the numbers show no decline. If you focus on the earth and its carrying capacity for all this human life, population is this inverse of resources. The earthly decline will follow in proportion to human growth.