The Bright Side of 2022: More Went Right Than Most of Us Recognize

From a Wall Street Journal essay by Zachary Karabell headlined “The Bright Side of 2022”:

If the final decades of the 20th century were marked by a burst of techno-capitalist optimism, the first decades of the 21st century have often felt like a step-by-step descent into despair. Beginning with the false Armageddon of Y2K and followed in quick succession by the bursting of the tech bubble, “the hanging chad” disputed U.S. presidential election and then, of course, the attacks of 9/11, the last two decades have seen a relentless cascade of rising pessimism and dystopian gloom. For a time, that sense of impending doom was most pronounced in the western world, but with spreading anxiety over climate change and the effects of Covid-19, we have reached the end of 2022 with a disagreeable form of globalization: Everyone, it seems, feels grim about the present and worse about the future.