Untitled, André Kertész, 1941
Although many continue to deny it, overwhelming evidence shows that life conditions in our world are improving dramatically in just about every domain for more people than ever before in history. If the prophets of progress coming to us from fields as diverse as economics, psychology, and technological innovation are right, then we may have a non-metaphysical, non-faith-based source of hope and possibility for salvation in our midst. And this “good news” is based upon our own extraordinary achievements.
This is not to deny that we have enormous problems to solve and unexpected disasters to face. It’s just that if they’re right - and I believe that they are - we have good reason to feel a lot better about ourselves and our collective future. Maybe this could inspire us not to fear the future, but to be even more deeply, spiritually motivated to create a better future - and in doing so, become unapologetically positive about our role as evolving human beings at this time in history.
By Andrew Cohen