Andrew Cohen on “Big Think” uses the what he saw and felt in the film “Lincoln” to
wonder why so few people these days seem to notice how much our world has changed and continues to change for the better
He goes on to note how the majority of his friends and colleagues:
lament on one terrible truth or another about humanity’s seemingly unbroken predilection for ignorance and self-destructive behavior. The general trend of the narrative goes something like this: “Isn’t it shocking and appalling how selfish, materialistic, insensitive, greedy, shortsighted, and just plain dangerous we are as a species?” Some even go so far as to actually say that the earth was a better and more spiritually intact place before human beings appeared and, slowly but surely, started messing things up.
He goes on to contrast the Civil War era and how today we have increased standard of living, reduced violence, and decrease in disease.
We’ve made great progress on this earth. We are not a virus.