Reasons to be optimistic about the future in 2017
because it’s not always all doom-saying and Queen Sacrifices
What cheers me up in mid-2017?
The nature of my work means I have to spend a great deal of time with grim stuff. In looking hard at the future of education I study (among other things): rising income inequality, the possibility of civil strife, increasing acceptance of surveillance, the possibility of automation-fueled neofeudalism, racism, sexism, the decline of the humanities, higher education slashing at its core, governments behaving at epic levels of stupidity – and that’s all from a quick glance at one document on one of my hard drives. It doesn’t include climate change or existential threats.
So to stay sane, to keep my mind balanced, and to keep my work sharp and useful, I discipline myself to pay…
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