And let’s hope that it is the first of many, many more.
The President of Taiwan has, for the first time in history, apologized for the government’s treatment of their aboriginal people.
Of course, after centuries of oppression and marginalization, it’s going to take a Hell of a lot more than an apology to fix the systemic racism that the Taiwanese aboriginal people face on a day to day basis. However, that does not mean that this is not at least, a first small step in the right direction, as well as a historic moment for Taiwan. Stories like these make me hope that, despite the ever-growing gloom that is the news nowadays, perhaps on the whole this world is still moving towards progress. I’m starting to see progress across history as a sort of global warming chart: you have small-scale dips in temperature due to certain events, but the overall trend is irrevocably up. Of course, in the case of progress, this trend is a good thing, rather than disastrous.