We’re Living in the Golden Age
We’re living in the Golden Age. Especially if you’re living in a developed country. And here’s why I say this:
1. Modern technology is insane
And it’s getting better and better exponentially. Not linearly. Exponentially. Just to put this into perspective think about this. In the 1500’s you had horses and carts. Fast forward 300 years. Guess what? You still had horses and carts. Not much change. But between about 1870 to 1940 (which is 70 years – or roughly one person’s life time), you go from traveling and moving things around by strictly walking or by horse, to suddenly zooming around in cars and hauling impossibly heavy cargo with trucks. You go from lighting homes and streets by candle-light, to having on-demand light by flipping a switch on the wall. From a very limited means of communicating across distances, to be able to pick up the phone and call across vast distances. What else can we think of? Stoves, fridges, massive buildings that stretch to the sky, planes flying overhead. All of this happens within a person’s life time. Now think how far we’ve come from the 1940’s. We have the internet, we have super computers in our pockets, we simultaneously see and talk to people that are on the other side of the globe. We can talk to a device that orders products and even deliver groceries to our front door. Just insane. I strongly believe that barring Armageddon, this progression in technology and enhancement of our lives will continue to exponentially get better going forward. Especially with things like nano technology and artificial intelligence.
2. The amount of freedom, protection, and safety has never been better
I don’t know about you, but I’m so happy I was born in this era where we’re not hunting or scavenging all day, every day, for food and water. I can sleep at night not having to worry about a rival tribe descending upon our village raping our wives and taking our children away to sell into slavery. But I think we forget for how long this type of life was normal for thousands of years. But somehow I was born in this relatively short time frame in mankind’s history, where we have so much safety and freedom. Now I can almost hear the naysayers clamoring to mention our current political climate, global terrorism, the police brutality, or whatever else. I’m not saying we’re living in utopia right now. But what I am saying is that relatively speaking, we’re living in a time that is super peaceful and tremendous amount of protection and safety. In the past, true dictators were a thing (I’m sure you’re not reading this blog from North Korea). In the past, the prospect of death by sword or disease was a daily thing. You couldn’t call in a cavalry of police to come within minutes to help you from weapon-wielding marauding invaders, by magically dialing some numbers into a device. Again, just stop to think about how many things you might be taking for granted. The amount of law and order that today’s society has, when compared to past eras in human history. A random person can’t just come up and steal your stuff, or kill you just because they’re stronger than you. This is tremendously peace-inducing.
3. We have so much knowledge at our finger tips
Most of us have smart phones. Even if you don’t, seeing that you’re reading this blog, you have at the bare minimum, access to a computer with internet. Maybe you’re taking this for granted? It blows my mind how easy it is for us to access an endless supply of information across industries, across fields and studies, across geographical and cultural boundaries, across time. There is almost no question you can’t get an answer to, almost immediately. This wasn’t possible to this degree, even 20 years ago. That is insane to me. This means that for most of us, you have no excuse to be ignorant about something. Maybe temporarily, but you have the freedom to educate yourself on something immediately, same day, relatively free-of-charge. There’s an endless trove of articles, audios, and videos. We have access to millions and billions of people, that can teach us how to do anything. You want to learn Chinese? You can interact daily with native speakers over a streaming video platform. You want to learn how to do this that and the other? Go on YouTube and type it into the search box and you’ll have thousands of relevant hits that’ll provide both audio and visual learning. We now even have augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality. And a lot more is being done in these areas. Which will allow us to bring the classroom or even the work meeting right into our virtual office rooms.
4. There’s so much material abundance out there
Now before you start disagreeing with me, I need to remind you that this is relatively speaking. I don’t want to minimize the fact that there’s still a lot of poverty out there. And I’m not talking just about the oft-cited places in the world like Africa or something like that. We have poverty even here in the US; but having said that, it’s still factually true that it’s never been better compared to the past. So again, given that you’re reading this, you’re in the top percentile of the global population with material abundance. You most likely have access to fresh water, food, electricity, shelter, transportation, medicine, etc. The fact that we don’t have to spend all day tracking prey to hunt or picking berries off thorny bushes. That’s a huge difference in quality of life compared to what our ancestors had to go through. Even from a modern-society perspective, the freedom that the average person has in any of today’s developed countries to just start a business out of nothing is astounding to me. The fact that some of you are worried about your financial situation or your employment prospects; not warring factions or brutal weather, or wild animals, or the bubonic plague or something like that. That means most of us actually have the privilege to stress out about first-world-problems. How can I make enough money to pay my monthly cell phone bill, car payment, shelter, and other utilities? Wake up! Those are first world problems! A lot of you who are reading this, can choose right now. Immediately, download the Uber or Lyft apps and start driving around making between $15-35/hr (general consensus from people I spoke with, who do this for a living or do this on the side only during peak hours). You don’t even have to interview or go through a lengthy job application process. That is nuts. Right now you can make money. Hundreds of dollars in one day just driving people around listening to music. How can you say this is not the best time to be around? The amount of money out there, the amount of resources out there. It’s just crazy. So please do yourself a huge favor and stop thinking from a mindset of scarcity. Start counting your blessings and be grateful about how good it is that you have it compared to so many others out there in the world today or in past generations. We have it amazing today. We’re living in the Golden Ages!