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Chronological ethnocentrism or just hope that our future will be better?

- July 27th, 2012

Over on the London Fuse blog, blogger Sara Mai Chitty has picked up my discussion of chronological ethonocentrism from a few weeks ago.

You may recall how I pointed out we like to flatter ourselves by thinking the human race has never been so advance as it is now. But future generations will look back on 2012 and laugh at the beliefs we hold dear — just as we scoff at previous generations.

What Sara points out is that an awareness of chronological ethnocentrism can be an excuse for laziness — after all, if our descendants are going to know better, why try to change the world today?

What I would say to Sara is, in my books at any rate, no one gets a free pass. No one gets to say “We might as well not try to make the world a better place.” You still have to try, regardless of how the future is going to turn out.

An awareness of chronological ethnocentrism is no reason to give up hope. At least that’s what I believe.

I have said before on this blog, I believe our purpose on Earth is to help one another out. That still stands.

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