An interesting article in Smithsonian Magazine (May 2014) called Brave New Worlds that talks about science fiction writing and how it is reflects the hopes an fears of humans about what science and technology (S&T) offers the human race positive or negatively. In the 30s, 40s, and the early 1950s, people felt positive about the future with a belief that S&T would make the world a better place. There were cracks in the positive however with a 1927 movie called Metropolis about a dystopian future. Bertrand Russell, a British philosopher and historian said in 1924: Somewhere in the 50s with the threat of nuclear holocaust attitudes changed and were reflected in science fiction. S&T in the hands of human beings became a negative as more writers imagined dark dystopian or post-apocalyptic futures for the human race. John Clute, editor of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says: Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars Trilogy says that people felt positive in the early 20th century. . One exception to the dark future is Gene Roddenberry whose Star Trek Next Generation embodied a bright future, the utopian socialist society where all people are freed from monotonous toil, allowed to live in comfort, and to explore their potential as human beings. For myself rightly or wrongly, I see today's politics divided into two camps, conservatives who are mainly concerned about themselves and holding on to what they've got or for the poor ones, their sense of entitlement- a dog eat dog world. And liberals whether if you agree with their methods or not, who are more concerned with the overall state of humanity. The fight right now in U.S. Politics is over these two directions. I imagine the same fight is happening around the world to varying degrees. Is this a fair view? What do you think the future holds for humanity? Will we destroy ourselves or break through into a bright future?