man, when they elect president of the world, i'm turning off the TV for two years in advance.
that being said, it is fairly silly that :
we have people on one side of the world who are starving and people on the other side of the world trying desperately to keep the weight off.
we have invented imaginary lines to separate us from each other, and then we shoot the people on the other side of the imaginary line in order to maintain the imaginary line.
pretty much every religion boils down to "hey, we should be nice to each other, because that's a good thing to do and it promotes a stable society from which we all will benefit." then we proceed to concentrate on killing others who have a similar religion but disagree on some issues.
we have invented an imaginary currency, and for an activity to be largely considered worthwhile, it has to generate a lot of green pieces of paper.
the human race will come together if there's a significant and immediate outside threat. short of that, we will have to breed out the remaining vestiges of tribalism that is coded into our DNA. that will take quite a while, though.
we've done ok as a species; we're one of the few organisms on the planet in which getting eaten isn't a significant day to day risk. however, there's a lot of room for improvement. we have improved somewhat, but the stakes are much, much higher now considering ease of travel and development of weapons.
there are three major risks to humanity : famine, war, and disease. all are largely dependent on population density. honestly, everyone on the planet needs to stop having so many kids. if the population grows much more, you can be virtually assured that one or more of three is going to happen somewhat regularly.
edit to add : i don't consider our civilization pathetic; it's just in need of a few tweaks.