Future perfect

I was looking at some mid-century interior decorations today — the simple shapes, the bright colors, the sense of optimism — and it made me realize how much our society has shifted in 60 years.

There was a time when the future meant household robots! Rocket ships! Exploring the universe!! Now everything is dark and foreboding, and the future means dystopian disaster.

I wonder exactly when we lost our collective optimism. Maybe it’s time we got some measure of it back.

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