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Astronaut Chris Hadfield explains why everything isn’t terrible

We've come a long way in recent years.


Michelle Jaworski


Published Dec 29, 2014   Updated May 29, 2021, 9:27 pm CDT

The past year may have been pretty terrible at times, but leave it to a perennial optimist to remind of you of the bigger picture.

Former astronaut Chris Hadfield has seen that bigger picture—from space no less—which only proves his point. Despite setbacks, we’ve come a long way as a species, but it’s easy to forget that along the way. We’ve eradicated diseases, decreased mortality rates, and more research will create new changes for the better.

“Our world is not as bad a place as we often feel it to be,” Hadfield said. “It is easy to look to the future and lament on how far there is left to go, but sometimes it is helpful to stop and reflect on just how far we’ve come.”

Photo via  University of the Fraser Valley/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Dec 29, 2014, 3:15 pm CST