I think it should be illegal to report bad news without a solution to the problem included in the report. We’re inundated with negativity to such a degree in the world today, what are kids supposed to think about the future other than death, destruction, starvation, plague, and zombies?
As a culture, we’re obsessed with the apocalypse and a dystopian future. Writers are cashing in on the morbid fascination with death that permeates our culture. And what gets the funding today? Follow the money, what is congress voting for and against? I’m just tired of the doom & gloom news hitting us every day.
Even the best sci-fi today is rife with death and destruction. My favorite film, Interstellar, is based on the premise that Earth is will be uninhabitable within a single generation. But at least the story offers some hope for renewal (it’s a futurist’s dream ending). The Martian seems to be mostly positive, even though it portrays a sadly incompetent NASA. I don’t disagree entirely, but I consider NASA expert instrument makers–their scientific satellites have revolutionized science many times over.
But I feel that manned exploration further out is a job for industry, not a bunch of scientists. (e.g. like in the old movie, Destination Moon, and my novel). Gravity is also highly negative–the internet and cell phones and pretty much the global infrastructure is ruined at the end of that film. It would take at least a decade to recover from that.
In the film, Tomorrowland, an old Native American parable is used to describe this problem. It’s called Don’t Feed The Bad Wolf. You can read it below. As a futurist, I’m going to keep writing a pro-A.I., pro-technology, pro-future perspective. I do not believe our culture is destined to die. If you like futurism writing, consider my novel, The Mandate of Earth.
An elderly Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life…
He said to them, “A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf is evil—he is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority, and ego.
The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.
This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too.”
They thought about it for a minute, and then one child asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win, Grandfather?”
The Elder said, “The one you feed.”