A vaccine against pessimism

A vaccine against pessimism


Galloping inflation, rise of extremism, shootings, retreat of women's rights in the United States…

Climate change, return of censorship, popularity of theories of the conspiracy…

Health systems that are cracking everywhere, States crumbling under debt and finding it increasingly difficult to meet the basic needs of their citizens… 

When we look at the state of the world these days, we have every reason to be depressed and anxious.

A vaccine against pessimism

A vaccine against pessimism


But I have found a vaccine against pessimism, a vaccine that does not involve any injection and that is within everyone's reach…

Reading scientific magazines.

Because if socially, economically and politically, the world is going rather badly, scientifically, we are living in a real golden age. 

It's crazy what is happening in laboratories around the world! Our experts are making discoveries that we would not have thought possible just ten years ago!

If only in the field of research on cancer and Alzheimer's disease, for example, we have literally made giant strides.

The famous messenger RNA technique, which has enabled the creation of vaccines against COVID-19 in record time (a small miracle in itself), could make the creation of a vaccine against cancer possible. 

Can you imagine?

And advances in science are exponential: the more discoveries we make, the more discoveries we make!

This is the theory of Hygrade sausage to the power of a thousand!

This is why I think Le Journal had a damn good idea to ask Dr. Richard Béliveau to talk to us about health and science.&nbsp ;

Ditto for the excellent team of the “In five minutes” column, which explains to us how the most recent technological innovations work. 

Because it's not politics or philosophy that will get us out of the hole we're sinking into.

It's science!

It's in laboratories all over the world that we prepare the world of tomorrow . 


When I read a popular science magazine (be it Epsiloon, < em>Science & Life, La Recherche, Popular Science, Scientific American or Québec Science), I feel my levels of despair and angst drop.

It's like having a hyper-potent dose of optimism injected into my veins.

As the philosopher Luc Ferry and the writer Michel Houellebecq often say, it is no longer the great political utopias such as socialism, communism or neo-liberalism that make us dangle bright tomorrows, but chemistry, biology and , above all, nanotechnology. 

We talk about building materials that self-repair, limbs that regrow, microprocessors on the scale of a thousandth of a millimeter, targeted treatments for diseased cells , bioactive implants…

Vaccines injected through the nose, substances that instantly transform any surface into a solar collector, filters that reduce pollution emitted by combustion engines, super light planes, etc. 

The future isn't for tomorrow: it's for today!

Here, I have an idea for The Journal: every weekend, we list the five most promising scientific discoveries!

It would be like an antidote to the bad news we receive every day…

A vaccine against pessimism