The more things change...
posted on the 2nd of August, 2017

It's the 2nd of August again. One whole year gone since last summer and this blog's last post.

"Shorter of breath, one day closer to death."
- Pink Floyd, "Time" - the existentialist rockstars

I could write about how much has changed within the past year... however, the doom and gloom that pervades our society (especially through politics and the news media) has made us cynical. Instead, let's take a positive look at a few good things that haven't changed.

The rule of law

Nearly anyone, at any position on the political spectrum, can find fault with one action or another of the sitting President of the United States. That being said, I wake up every morning confident that the rule of law will hold. So does just about everyone else, whether they know it or not.

Actions are louder than words, and those who shout about an impending civil implosion due to the President's actions contrarily act as though society is not going to simply crumble one of these days. We all live our lives as per usual - work, learn, sleep, laugh, cry, et cetera. It appears that no more than the usual preppers are truly preparing for a meltdown. Therefore, the public feeling concerning the rule of law has scarcely changed.

Furthermore: the rule of law is astonishing. In much of the world today - and indeed, virtually all of it for most of human history - the rule of law was and is non-existent. In the developed world, we enjoy a stability of government hardly dreamt by our forefathers. From a historical perspective, our level of political comfort is unimaginable.

In the United States, the tradition of law is founded upon English common law, and the judiciary has continued uninterrupted for over two centuries. It will not crumble so easily as by a single Presidential election.

The stability of markets

We have not plunged into a recession (yet). Despite recent, destabilizing events, like the upset of the Presidential election and Brexit to name a couple, the markets reach all-time highs repeatedly. Investing is still lucrative. Neither billions of dollars nor millions of jobs have magically disappeared. (At least, for the time being.)

Computing power

Despite the looming end of Moore's Law, the capabilities of computing hardware continue to grow. Every product is faster than the last, and the quality of the previous model can be had for cheaper. As computers continue to consume our society, the importance of improvements cannot be overstated. It's a testament to the brilliant work of all those involved.

Finishing up

The purpose of this post is to point out that our natural hunger for negativity can be caustic. We eat up negative news (e.g. to get real TV coverage across the Hudson, a train has to crash into the station) but reality, while harsh, is not so cold.

In reference to politics (which I have tried to avoid in this post):

"Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss."
- The Who, "Won't Get Fooled Again"

As always, thanks for reading.