I despair about the future of humanity

Matthew Wright

I sometimes despair about the nature of the human condition and the likely future of our species on this planet.

A beautiful picture from the other week of Earth from 1.6 million km sunwards. NASA, public domain. A beautiful picture of Earth from 1.6 million km sunwards. NASA, public domain.

We don’t behave at all well towards each other – something that’s been thrown into sharp relief in the last generation or so in the west as we’ve become increasingly ‘wired’, and as the culture of ‘self-first’ has suffused the western world.

The base problem, as far as I can tell, is that humans, by nature, seek validation; and it seems the easiest way to get that is by invalidating somebody else – asserting your own power over theirs, and taking away their right to respond. Bullying. It appears to be a device for validation, and it’s innate to human nature – we have to actively stop ourselves doing it. The science backs it: it turns out…

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