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  • I cannot recall a time in my lifetime when a positive outlook of the world was pervasively felt.

    How about the years after the cold war ended? (after the Berlin wall, but before the germans realized how expensive it would be to reunite)

    How about during the IT bubble, before anyone realized there was a reality distortion field cranked to up eleven? /J
    • Well, even if we accept that people generally felt good at the time, in retrospect we know that there was a lot that were missing, like increased tensions in the Balkans, the rise of Islamism that we're fighting now, etc. But I don't accept that they generally felt great, because when the Berlin Wall fell, we were still worrying about poverty, the environment, the Middle East, etc.

      I am reminded of a very old Kingston Trio song, Merry Minuet. "They're rioting in Africa, they're starving in Spain, there's hurricanes in Florida, and Texas needs rain / the whole world is festering with unhappy sould: the French hate the Germans, the Germans hate the Poles, Italians hate Yugoslavs, South Africans hate the Dutch / 'and I don't like anybody very much'".

      Or cf. "We Didn't Start the Fire."