I am hoping Lincoln was right - "Why should there not be a patient confidence in the ultimate justice of the people...?"
As a scientist, I believe we are flirting with extinction or something akin to it.
Like many, I have grown cynical about all of politics, and our lack of understanding of what an economy is - and is not - thinking as most do today that capitalism is somehow political economy - which it is not - it is a suicide cult.
I just discovered Robert Redford's movie "The Milagro Beanfield War" which I borrowed from the library a week or two ago.
It has vaulted into first place hands down for my favorite movie of all time - I have now the DVD for myself and my family - and the book by John Nichols is on order.
I have been adding to a growing list the reasons why this movie has so captivated me - I think there are echos of John Kennedy's Peace Speech - "In the final analysis, we are all human, we all breath the same air, cherish our children's future - and we are all mortal..." (or words to that effect).
All the generations are present - there is music, like "Fidler on the Roof", there are no superheroes or supervillains - just people - like me and mine - mortality is front and center as well - and indigenous and civilized blending of world outlook - even a little magical thinking - an acknowledgement of the place of religion in this world and in our past - and I say this being an agnostic.
There is a certain inevitability about the collapse happening now - it is long overdue - and it is going to get very very hard for a bit - until we gain humility.
But it is the only path to survival.
Space exploration is part of who we are - and I can only hope we do throw out the baby with the bathwater - but perhaps that is a theme for later discussion.
The Paris Accords are nearly meaningless for me - too little too late.
Again - if we the people don't wake up - we will all go for the long sleep that has no end.