I was born 64 years ago today. Often we tend to think that we don’t make much progress. But we do. We also sometimes regress. Here is my take (a quick take) on the good, the bad and the ugly since I was born in 1950.
The Good: Space travel. Understanding DNA. Unimaginable improvements in health care. Blacks can now eat in the same restaurants as whites. And marry each other. As can homosexuals. Cell phones. Air travel.The internet. Understanding of climate change. The disabled are no longer hidden away.The environmental movement.Scientific achievements in evolutionary theory, gene theory and just about every other field of science. EPA. The Voting Rights Act. And so much more.
The Bad: Vietnam. Iraq. Afghanistan. Trickle down economic theory. Overemphasis on sports in high schools. Fundamentalist religion, here and abroad. Terrorism. 9/11. Weapon sales to petty dictators and gangs worldwide. Genocides. Voter suppression. Science deniers. Environmentally induced cancers. Over processed food. Vulgarity disguised as free speech. Wall Street. And so much more.
The Ugly: Fox News. Race hatred rekindled. Putin. Drugs in pro sports. The gun lobby. Many “entertainers”.