meus intuitus


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Hey, kid-

When I grew up, the Soviets had subs parked off the coast ready send me a 20kT warhead faster than Domino’s can send a cheese pizza.

When my parents grew up, there were planes scrambled to battle Commies in Cuba because Khruschev hammered his shoe on the table at the UN.

When their parents grew up, people scared to death of swimming pools were spending their lives in iron lungs from polio… and living through an actual depression, rather than a recession. Not to mention the Dust Bowl, security guards shooting at union members, etc. They saw atomic weapons as a big step forward.

Of course, their parents were still dying of typhus and smallpox. And their parents lived in a world without vaccines or indoor plumbing. So really, your worst-case scenario is about on par with “living like your great-great grandparents.”

You live in a world in which unrestricted, open warfare between heavy combatants hasn’t occurred in nearly 70 years, in which the world market has one de facto currency (and two backup currencies) and in which not a single natural disaster, anywhere in the world, is not met with near-instantaneous global humanitarian response. Yeah, drone strikes kill children in Pakistan every single day but just three generations back we would have solved that problem by invading, slaughtering, planting a McDonald’s on every street corner and calling it “manifest destiny.”

You wanna chill out? Study history. Study just how close we’ve come to ending the whole thing so many times before and recognize that warts and all, you live in a golden age. You have very real problems, and you need to come up with very real solutions to them, but the general security and safety of the planet is in a better spot than since the invention of the steam engine.

It’s gonna be okay. I promise.



Written by meusintuitus

September 21, 2012 at 11:42 am

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