Well, it’s definitely pretty bad. Turn on the news, and any halfway decent citizen will quickly run out of adjectives to describe what goes on in research labs, classrooms, courtrooms and battlefields alike. And even in the shelter of our homes, several generations are growing up plugged in, tuned out, increasingly deaf and cold to the calls of the human heart. Evil surrounds us; we’re drowning in it. Horrors abound, and no one is even outraged—we’ve even gotten to the point where the worst actions are lauded as progress or enlightenment. No doubt about it: the world is getting worse. The end must be near, because, God help us, we’ve never sunk this low.
Or have we?