Lately lots of people, including the outgoing president, have asked us to take the long view. One very long view comes from the British philosopher Derek Parfit, who died last week:
Life can be wonderful as well as terrible, and we shall increasingly have the power to make life good. Since human history may be only just beginning, we can expect that future humans, or supra-humans, may achieve some great goods that we cannot now even imagine. In Nietzsche’s words, there has never been such a new dawn and clear horizon, and such an open sea.
A free year’s membership to the Professional Speechwriters Association to the first scribe to get a client to say in seriousness or in jest, “We are the supra-humans we’ve been waiting for.” —DM