These events give me hope for the future as I ignore the present
The present is pretty freaking awesome, honestly. Good news does not sell ad copy so it all gets buried into sites like this one where we post and comment on happy nerd shit like this. They just discovered a whole new family of antibiotics in dirt and the FDA approved a slew of new cancer treatments just in the last month or so. And the whole Falcon Heavy thing, we are going to see astronauts leave for space from US soil again this year, the TESS mission is going to launch, etc.
The fucked up shit is important to know about and fight, but remember there is a bias towards doom and outrage in media coverage due to the way that the news is funded.