ugh! That's a terribly depressing thing for me to read so early in the morning!!
Unfortunately, it's at least partially correct. The future doesn't look as bright as it once did. I definitely think we as a species squandered a perfect chance to better ourselves. But you know, we survived the cold war without resorting to all-out nuclear annihilation. That's got to be worth something. Right? That should give us a little hope. I'm convinced that within a decade a terrorist organization is going to acquire a nuclear bomb and vaporize some big city. As bad as that will be, it still wont be as bad as things could have been in the cold war.