Whenever asked the question of whether we are alone in the universe, a related question comes to mind: Why have we never received contact from aliens? There are three possible reasons.
1. They do not exist.
2. There is no possible technology to contact us yet
3. All alien civilizations have wiped themselves out before reaching us.
The first is highly unlikely given the size and variety of the universe. The second is at least somewhat unlikely given the resources of the universe and nature of accelerating technological advancement. The third option is what I bring into question here...are we doomed to destroy ourselves, or is there hope that we can exist for a long time to come?
Essentially I see the race as such: Can we develop socially, morally, and ethically, fast enough to be responsible for our technological advancement?
The fabric of society is fragile, it remains only because disruptions have thus far not yet crumpled the fold. But this becomes more precarious as technology advances, giving rise to greater weapons and greater potential for instability, especially with widening economic gaps that sow unrest and an environment suffocated by our disregard for preservation. It also seems to me that while technology advances exponentially, social development is somewhat slower.
I personally have hope for us, because I think once we reach a critical level of intelligence and maturity as a species, the likelihood of self-annihilation drastically falls. Maybe I have hope because I have little choice but to to despair otherwise. But what are your thoughts? What trends do you see revealing themselves, and what do they mean for the path ahead of us?