We have to start thinking about the future in a more positive manner. I am not proposing a polyanna-ish, public school self-esteem positive, but a realistic, self-examined self-image that the monumental screw ups of the past quarter century were just a first, clumsy, and tragically wrong attempt at a better world.
We are not that far away from Jim Crow laws, phlogiston chemistry, and eugenics. I really think that we are at a stage equivalent to a teenager that realizes that his actions do have consequences. We have come a long way, we have a lot farther to go.
So, we should criticize ourselves, but keep an open mind at how far we have come, there are miles to go before we sleep, and a whole bunch of hard times ahead, but we are doing better than we have in the past. Let's just make sure that we do better in the future.