The year 2018 was a draining year full of disappointment, holds Dave Barry of the Miami Herald. From the internet trend of children eating Tide pods to Facebook’s mishandling of data to an ever-turbulent White House, Americans have had few moments to look at the news without feeling anguish. The drawing out of the Russiagate collusion investigation and bipartisan bickering and finger-pointing was purely exhausting. The Kavanaugh appointment only incensed the political estrangement of liberals and conservatives. Pleasant moments, like the Royal wedding, weren’t enough to balance out new lows in US relations with Russia, Saudi Arabia and the EU.
Society’s appetite for bad news has disguised the great progress that was made in 2018, argues Raya Bidshahri of Singularity Hub. From space exploration to medical technology, huge developments took place that will benefit humanity greatly. The 21 successful SpaceX launches were groundbreaking, among many successes in this field. New ways to treat diseases, particularly cancer, have been developed, as the death rate of adults steadily shrinks. Mental health issues are better understood than ever. Progress doesn’t mean instantly or equally shared betterment, but gradual improvements in ways that will benefit humanity as a collective.