I saw something cool the other day when I was on rotations in a doctor's office and that got me thinking about how advanced our world has become. We are able to quickly see inside the human body, make a diagnosis, and prescribe appropriate treatment. Recently, the Curiosity rover landed on Mars and is sending back photos from another planet. Another planet. When we were young, we would never have thought that we'd have Skype and Facetime, things that allow us to see and talk to people as far away as the other side of the world, on our phones that are small enough to carry in our pockets. Pause and think for a moment about how amazing all of this is and how far we have come.
But then I remembered that there are whole groups of people in this world dying of starvation. They constantly feel the stabbing pangs of hunger and are dying. This happens every single day. People are killing each other over meaningless "differences" or because their thoughts, values, and what they think is right are not what someone else thinks is right. We continue to discriminate and even hate others over these differences, whether they be race, religion, sexuality, political beliefs, disabilities, or anything else. We have the nerve to possess ego and consider ourselves superior to other individuals and groups of people. We hate our fellow humans. We are blind and we ignore the pain, suffering, and deaths around the world. I will say this again--we ignore our brothers and sisters who are dying of hunger or of differences in thought. Pause and think about this now for a moment. What justice is this? What progress is this?
No, we are not advanced. No matter how quickly and easily we are able to treat/cure those of us blessed to be born in this society, no matter how many planets we explore and discoveries we make, no matter how technological we get, we are not advanced. We are a failure as a species.