There’s a common sentiment right now that 2016 has been a terrible year. Between the entertainment icons we’ve lost this year, the political climate, and a number of other strange happenings, people have been complaining that the end of 2016 can’t come soon enough. To those people, I have bad news: you probably won’t do very well if times ever get really hard.
More of your favorite celebrities will die. You’re aging and so are they.
The conditions that allowed such horrible presidential candidates to arise won’t magically disappear after the polls close on November 9th. If anything, they’ll deteriorate further as the results of the election leave the losing part of the voting population even angrier than before.
We’re living in the longest period of sustained peace between global superpowers but tensions are rising. If a large-scale conflict happens in the coming years, it will make 2016 look like a year-long party.
Despite the pessimism you see online and in the news, 2016 has been great. Never before in history have we been safer. Never before have we collectively had better access to information, medicine, entertainment, and the technology that makes our lives easier. Never has it been more acceptable to be different.
If you truly think 2016 has been terrible, talk to someone who has lived through truly terrible times. Imagine how sheltered and entitled we must seem to them. If we think THIS is bad, the slightest disruption to our comfortable lives is going to seem catastrophic.
There are certainly issues we can continue to address: climate change, race relations, and growing wealth disparity to name a few. But compared to every period of history prior to now – times marked by war, disease, famine, slavery, infant mortality, discrimination, or simply the hardships of day-to-day life – 2016 in the western world has been a breeze.
Let’s try to enjoy the rest of it, because one day we might find ourselves wishing it was 2016 again.-Beckler