We are good at worrying about the future.
Today’s xkcd (which is too long to share here, so click up top) is a superb reminder that people have long been concerned about the degradation of society thanks to our sprint toward tomorrow. the concerns of technology and social progress have been making ostriches out of worrywarts for centuries.
This dovetails nicely with my latest YouTube episode, which takes a look at how our brains deal with attention. We’re surrounded by worriers, telling us that our brains can’t handle the digital age. I think it’s a challenge, but in my video I try to paint a little more of an optimistic picture.
Because our brains are pretty awesome.
Besides, the future is an inevitable result of the passage of time. Where else are we supposed to go? We have no choice but progress.