One may think that pessimism is widespread today. But just under the surface, everyone, on all sides, shares an optimism that progress isn’t just possible but probable. Everyone believes that after issues are identified, they can be solved, and in the time they will be. This myth of inevitable progress is our contemporary faith, and such as many faiths before it, it is a false faith created by deep human desires. Only the pessimist can see clearly the problems we confront, and at the same time realize that progress is not possible, and that our future, in many ways, is likely to be bleak. It is worse than you think.
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