Some years ago I developed a mathematical argument for optimism:
Starting with the present moment and assuming endless future time, one can plot a measure of "total good." This total good takes into account our attitudes and how we react to things and is thus dependent on memory of past good and bad. For example, after a long period of bad, even a tiny moment of good can have more total good than an extended period of good greater by any normal measure.
This total good will go up and down apparently randomly. Given an infinite amount of time, eventually, by chance, there will be a spike of good greater than all previous good. Everything that came before this spike will be part of the story of causality of how this good was achieved. Since it is a measure of total good, it will mean that no matter what happened before, it was all worth it.
Of course, the same argument can be used to prove that things are getting worse. Eventually, statistics predicts a dip deeper than any before it. The trick is to look at the time from peak to next higher peak as a series of stories - like episodes of a tv show - each one starting with a challenge and ending in resolution of some kind. Think of the dips as just part of the story on the way to the end. Good can win in the end if you decide when the "end" is.
I have decided to start a new You Tube Channel to go with my FloraAndFaunaOfTheUniverse blog. I will be posting doodles, excerpts from upcoming exobiology books, and worldbuilding advice. The WayOutDan YouTube channel will no longer cover these subjects, but will be for religion, philosophy, travel, exploration, and life's journey.
Do you ever remember something differently than someone else? How does that happen? I once wrote a blog post about this that is slightly too long to repost here. Read it at the link and tell me your thoughts.
I am a writer and an artist. Creativity drives me. It is what makes life worth living and it comes to me as naturally as does breathing. I couldn’t stop if I wanted to. I want to express myself not only because I’m in love with myself, but so that I can entertain others and raise their spirits as well. Creating art is an act of love. I also celebrate the creativity of others. I love art, music, comedy, and fiction. Not everything is to my tastes, but I always appreciate it when someone puts in an effort to make something unique. The world is rich with fascinatingly complex and beautiful sights, sounds, and tastes and I want everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy them. Producing art is fundamentally human and every human is at least somewhat creative. Enjoying and consuming art requires a creative mind to appreciate it. I am able to celebrate art I did not create by bringing my own interpretation to it. This requires creativity. Learning, understanding, and exploring are also fundamentally human. ...