Instead, I would rather focus on the amazing achievements and discoveries that we have made over the last ten years. Looking back, it's amazing how many of our daily habits have been radically altered by the advent of new technologies and discoveries.
2003 - The Human Genome Was Mapped
2005 - Civil Partnerships
2005 was the year when the UK finally decided that gay people weren't the disease-spreading, fire-breathing souls of the damned they were first thought to be. As a result, the Government created the Civil Partnership and allowed them to effectively marry for the first time. Civil Partnerships serve as a great litmus test to how our society has embraced gayness, but not embraced it in a gay way you understand! Although same-sex marriage is still distinct from a civil partnership, with changing attitudes as they are, it can only be a matter of time before this changes.
2008 - Large Hadron Collider
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is simply a modern miracle. This giant underground facility is designed to test for the hypothesized Higgs Boson, an elusive particle which, if discovered, will ultimately prove our understanding of physics to be accurate. More interestingly though, if the Higgs Boson is not discovered, it would mean that the Standard Model would have to be rewritten entirely. Either way, the fact that this 27 Kilometre laboratory was even built in the first place is nothing short of an achievement. What it finds will tantalise for years to come.
2008 - Election Of A Black President
Barack Obama assumed presidency of the largest economic superpower in 2008, and since then he's systematically started changing the way in which the rest of the world sees America. He started peaceful, considerate talks with previously alienated Middle Eastern countries, he closed Guantanamo Bay (the biggest torture camp of modern times), and instigated a healthcare policy which will lift millions of Americans out of poverty. Not bad for three years on the job. To see these changes made in a country who's previous foreign policy made it look like a xenophobic, paranoid state is as symbolic as the racial heritage of it's President.
2010-2011 - The Middle East Uprising
When discussing the protests in countries such as Egypt, Syria, and the rebel takeover of Lybia, I hear a lot of people say "I wish they would stop fighting". I don't. Not that I want people to be hurt, but because I want them to throw off the shackles of their oppressors and stand up for themselves. These countries have been ruled by unelected despots and dictators for years, so it is heart warming to see these people marching for change and taking the power back. To think that these countries will finally be able to set up stable governments that will listen to the people may be something of a pipe dream (God knows, we don't tend to get that in the most established of Democracies), but it's one step closer to liberation.
That's my top five anyway. If there are any important, positive achievements that I've missed, feel free to suggest them.
Oh and, if you happen to be wondering "Where is the Addman who usually writes nothing but bile and hatred?", I'm sure normal service will resume as soon as a famous person annoys me.
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