There is an almost-unquestionable assumption baked into modern western culture and stretching back at least as far as the 18th century’s “Age of Enlightenment” that things can, and should, get better.
But is it? Just because it’s a cultural assumption doesn’t mean it’s correct, or helpful or life-giving.
Of course, it’s great when fewer people die of starvation or dysentery or violence. Or when things get better for people who have been excluded or oppressed.
Acknowledging and celebrating improvement is different than making it the teleological imperative of humanity.
The problem is that the constant pursuit for better is exhausting and, frankly, depressing.
Which I’m pretty sure is not better.
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