No doubt, our leaders represent some of the worst set of humans on earth—heartless, cruel, and visionless. No amount of whitewashing can absolve them from being responsible for the sorry situation we are in. Nonetheless, I still believe our situation is not irredeemable and we can do a lot in lessening the pangs of poverty, ignorance and despondency that have overwhelmed us.
Yuval Noah Harari, in his book, Homo Deus: a Brief History of Tomorrow, chronicled how Europeans were able to a conquer disease. Yuval has...