Right now, there is a pipe sticking out of the seabed in the Gulf of Mexico, from which oil is billowing. It is a huge environmental disaster, and most certainly a historical event if there ever was one. But there is a hidden meaning there. That pipe, with it’s relentless oil plume is a sign of the times. Yes, it’s a sign that we’re too dependent on oil, etc. But there’s more.
Think about it like this: we drilled a well 5000 feet below the surface of the ocean. Lots of them, actually. Sure, we’re not very good at it, as this whole disaster shows. But from a technological standpoint there has been progress. I’m not trying to excuse BP here, nor our sluggish lust for black gold (yes, I’m guilty of it, and you are too, what with cars and such). But it’s still an accomplishment, and who knows where we’ll go from here? Maybe it’ll only be a matter of time before we’re drilling on moons, other planets (cue Armageddon reference).
Again, I don’t mean to make light of the disaster. I only want to try to stay optimistic about our civilization, and who knows, maybe whatever we can learn from this will help us out somehow later on. Welcome to the future.