First off: Perspective. You, who are reading this, are currently alive. You weren’t alive 100 years ago, and you won’t be alive (probably) 100 years from now; therefore, Right Now is the absolute best time to be alive simply because you are alive.
Other than perspective, what else makes 2015 such a stellar year to be alive?
Human Knowledge is advancing faster than ever.
Read enough news stories about “Honey Boo Boo’s” and the Kardashians, and you’ll think this is an outright lie; however, human knowledge is advancing faster than it ever has before. The discoveries being made right now are coming faster, and faster, and faster. Some of the most recent discoveries include:
- Graphene – 100 times stronger than steel, super-efficient conductor of heat and electricity, and may be the world’s best filtration system. Its commercial applications will change the world.
- Pluripotent Stem Cells – genetic reprogramming of normal cells to become stem cells (which can then be programmed to be any type of cell).
- Higgs Boson – Mathematicians and scientists predicted it; engineers built the Large Hadron Collider that would find it. And found it was. Beautiful, elegant proof that the reality we live in can be explained by science and math, and verified through experimentation.
Not only is human knowledge advancing faster and faster, but the Universe is both getting bigger and smaller at the same time:
Our scope of the Universe is getting bigger – Since 1992 when the first exoplanet was discovered, there have been 1,800 other planets that have joined the ranks of planets that we know of outside of our solar system. We’re now on the verge of detecting Earth-sized planets as well as the atmospheric composition of these planets. Within the next decade or two, Mankind will have discovered another planet similar to our own that could sustain human life. It boggles the mind! We’ve even managed to detect an ancient galaxy that formed only 200 million years after the Big Bang. Every year, we can see farther and better into the unfathomable depths of the universe we live in.
As the universe is getting bigger, it is also getting smaller. 2015 is the year we finally get to see Pluto up close. It’s also the year we get to visit the largest asteroid in the main asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars: The protoplanet Ceres. Meanwhile, back on Earth, China is preparing to launch their own space station, and India is nearing completion on their own manned space program. In the United States SpaceX and Boeing are preparing to offer commercial, orbital spaceflight service for passengers to the ISS in the next couple of years, and the United States test flew its first deep-space manned capsule since Apollo.
What about information? Another key component that makes human life, right now, so fun and interesting. Look at the amount of information that is available to the standard human being today. With our smart phones, we can tap into the world’s data with a swipe of our fingers. We can google anyone and anything. We can call up maps, tied into GPS satellites to lead us anywhere we want to go. Information is instantaneous, and more importantly, the information we receive can be checked, verified, and validated through a countless array of sources.
Truly bad news for those groups and individuals who seek to limit human growth and knowledge.
Governments, Religions, Corporations, and other institutional groups have (over the centuries) limited and restricted knowledge to subdue and control the masses. Their hold on knowledge is now waning, and the genie is truly out of the bottle. The only thing they have left is misinformation. Flooding the airwaves with untruths, half-truths, and misdirection in order to maintain their grip on the power they hold over people.
…And here we are… At a time in human history where the gates to the kingdom of knowledge are flung wide open. A moment in time where the Universe simultaneously grew and shrunk as human discovery peels away the layers to its construction.
Within another generation or two of humans, the entire planet will know a few things it never knew before:
- That life may exist in other places outside of Earth.
- What the mechanism are behind the creation of life from non-life.
- Mankind will find a way to exist in other places outside of our ancestral home of Earth.
Finally… A last hope that I have for mankind. That humanity will eventually mature enough to acknowledge that having an invisible, jealous god in the sky overlooking their lives is not only sad and pathetic, but leads to far more suffering than humanity should have to endure. My hope is that all this knowledge now available on the internet may be used to forever bury these ancient, horrible gods our primitive ancestors clung to. The same terrible, tyrannical, blood gods that way too many people continue to hold onto to this very day. Luckily, reports have been filtering in about excessive religious beliefs in America starting to slide. We can only hope those statistics escalate. Step out of the shadows of willful ignorance and into the light of humanity’s future. It’s a really big Universe out there, and we’ve just about got the tools and knowledge we’ll need to start populating it. The sooner we start, the better off we’ll all be.