All in all, it has been a decade full of shame.
Looking back over the span of it, the sheer calamity of it all, it is hard to raise one's head and feel proud about the progress of America, the human race, the drive and desire we have as a species to create a better, less hostile world.
But, there is also a privileging of ourselves in this view. We over-think our importance as a generation, as a people of a specific time, and our negative thinking of our era becomes a kind of reverse narcissism.
There have been worse times; there are far worse places. Things are bad, but could be worse. And the future is, as we all now, not a settled issue. Anything can happen. And this has both good and bad implications for the human species.