Optimism or Pessimism about the Future
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 18 December 2011, Question 4
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 18 December 2011, I answered a question on optimism or pessimism about the future.
Should we be optimistic or pessimistic about the future of the culture? What do you think will happen to the culture in the next 20 to 50 years? Are you optimistic or pessimistic – and why? What do you think the value and certainty of such predictions based on philosophy are?
My Answer, In Brief: I'm pessimistic, because I see the direction in which the world is headed, particularly on economic issues. But not depressed, because I'm doing what I can and enjoying that.
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