As depressing as it may seem, I've been having the sneaking realization creep into my head frequently of late that this may be the best of all possible worlds. What do I mean by that? That at our current moment in the history of things, where we actually are is the best we can obtain for the moment. A brief review of history shows the startling advances in knowledge and awareness even over just the past 500 years. The realization that the world is round, that there are 7 continents, that there are a diverse variety of peoples. The advancement of knowledge, of science, of enlightenment, of democratic systems, of steam and electric technology, the recognition of bacteria, viruses, and germ theory. The mechanical breakthroughs in trains, vehicles, roads, bridges, cities, modern infrastructure, and communication technology. Understanding more about the atom, quantum mechanics, cosmology... the bewildering fabric of all things. The system of finance, which at the moment terrorizes us, but creative thinking about goods and resources has produced enhanced flows and if applied correctly and humanely could be a tool of human ingenuity for the good. Our nascent awareness about ecology and environmental issues which due to immoral objections from the forces that be haven't yet been implemented. Collectively the advancements and achievements are startling and praiseworthy. As much as we yet find despicable and deplorabe in our "modern" state, there is no doubt that the past 500 years has been a thunderous revelation in so many ways. As we all take our deep, existential breaths we do need to acknowledge so much that has occurred, which is linked in tandem with all the marvelous that has yet to happen, which should happen, and which must be let to happen. Only in this can we continue to ensure the best of all possible worlds, as insufficient and unfinished as our current phase of history is.