Is Humanity at its Nadir?
If you watch the news, it’s highly probable that you believe the state of the world has never been worse. Evangelical Christians fetishize the end of time and believe that secular movements have catalyzed the disintegration of the moral fabric of Western civilization. President Trump has developed a cult of personality that enables his populist drivel to take root in the vulnerable minds of American citizens on the lower end of the socioeconomic continuum. Trump’s divisive rhetoric and (beyond) undignified decorum have caused the political right to abandon their principles and simultaneously enraged the political left, which has driven them to adopt extreme stances on a number of issues.
In 2016, Chapman University conducted a study that assessed Americans’ top ten fears. More than fifteen hundred Americans were surveyed and the top selections indicate feelings of helplessness and anxiety of events outside of their control. It seems like America has a collective external locus of control: we believe that we are powerless. It’s unsettling that citizens of the land of the free and home of the brave were more concerned about government corruption that terrorism or financial security.
Here are the top 10 fears of 2016:
- Corruption of government officials (same top fear as 2015) — 60.6%
- Terrorist attacks — 41%
- Not having enough money for the future — 39.9%
- Being a victim of terror — 38.5%
- Government restrictions on firearms and ammunition — 38.5%
- People I love dying — 38.1%
- Economic or financial collapse — 37.5%
- Identity theft — 37.1%
- People I love becoming seriously ill — 35.9%
- The Affordable Health Care Act/”Obamacare” — 35.5%
The distrust in the government has opened a Pandora’s box of hysteria and fantasy. The survey indicated that more than half of Americans believe that 9/11 was an inside job. Conspiracy theories have become exponentially more popular in the past few years.
Hope is Warranted
While there’s no doubt that mankind is facing challenges today, the reality is that human welfare isn’t at its low point in 2019; it’s at its zenith. These series of videos (2019 CE: A Statistical Guide to the State of the World) will statistically examine the current state of human welfare, how it compares with the levels of the recent past and what we can do to continue improving life in the future. Don’t despair. The world is in a much better state than the media wants you to think. Don’t pray for Armageddon. Embrace the optimism housed in your DNA.
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