When I was a child, I looked at the future with optimism in my eyes. I genuinely believed that things could only improve. When I was a kid, I thought that the future would bring greater prosperity, that people would be better educated, that poverty and hunger would be eradicated, that unemployment and disenchantment would be a thing of the past. When I was a kid, I imagined that computers and robots would make our lives better, that the mundane, tedious things in life would all be done for us. I imagined that our transport system would be a buzzing network of speed and efficiency, that we would be whisked where we wanted to be almost instantly and cheaply.
When I was no more than ten, I imagined that when I grew up, we would all be living in harmony, that the religious and racial divides would be something that people looked back on and laughed at how silly people had been in the past. When I was a lad, I thought that our society would only get more civilised. I thought that conflicts and wars would be something that we only ever learned about in history books, that we would learn from the horrors our ancestors went through to guarantee our freedom. When I was a kid, I genuinely thought that I would grow up, meet that special one person, get married, have children and live happily ever after for the rest of our lives. As a kid, I only ever imagined that things would get better.
Just goes to show, doesn’t it? Kids are fucking idiots.