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The Most Dangerous Drug Addiction

IO9Your new novel, set four decades from now, shows a world ravaged by global warming, economic disparity and widening ideological divides. What would you say to those who might accuse you of scare-mongering and the painting of an unrealistically bleak picture of the future?


David Brin: In fact, I am known as rather an optimist, in that I agree with Kim Stanley Robinson — our problems may be dire, but they are within reach of being solved by creative men and women of goodwill, millions and billions of us. Especially if we rediscover the arts of discourse, argument, negotiation, compromise, invention...

...and, above all, if we can defeat the worst drug addiction of our age. By far the most destructive of all: the way that so many humans get on a self-induced high called self-righteous indignation.

Americans, especially, used to have a national characteristic of pragmatism, always emphasizing practical solutions that mixed every available tool, from market methods to well-scrutinized government to chaotic amateurism. This can-do spirit, emphasizing a tomorrow that can be molded for the good, has been under relentless assault by dour folk at both ends of the dismally insipid "left-right political axis."

If we can't get past this wave of dogmatic fury, then yes, the future is bleak.

http://io9.com/5906672/david-brin-on-the-need-to-restore-optimism-to-science-fiction

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ferrouswheel
May. 26th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
Hah, I can't get past the self-righteous indignation David Brin had when I pointed out to him on Facebook that the world is bigger than just "America".
kmo
May. 26th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested in reading that.
Do you have a link?
Sean Krause
May. 27th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
The other addiction
is unrenewable fossil fuels and nuclear power. Righteous indignation is required to effect change, actually. Have you noticed the Spanish protesters are called, "Indignados?"
kmo
May. 27th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
Re: The other addiction
It's the righteous part that is particularly troubling. Self-righteous folk don't get any less obnoxious or dangerous when I happen to agree with some of their gripes.

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