Like many people around the world, Star Trek played a huge role in how I perceive the world and my role in it. While it's a work of fiction, the truths explored in many of the better stories show us both how far we've come as a species and how far we have yet to travel. We are capable of incredibly generous acts of kindness in one moment, and incredibly heinous acts the next. What's fascinating about this is that a person can directly contradict themselves without even realizing it.
The world has undergone an incredible amount of change over the last forty years. More people are educated today than ever before. More people are fed than ever before. More people are connected across cities, borders, and continents than ever before. More people are financially secure than ever before.
And yet …
And yet people are angry. There are good reasons to be angry, too. A lot of what we see in the news is not what we want to see. But there's a lot of good, too. We just need to know where to find it or — if we're proactive — know how to create it. We can all be a little bit better. Looking at how far we've come in just my lifetime, I'd say we're generally making some positive progress.