Despite what the new sources constantly tell us, the world is getting better. I recently read the book “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling. The book does not give false hope or makes us feel better by ignoring the rest of the world but by providing the facts about how the world has improved just within a couple of generations. E.g. Over the last 20 years, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty has almost been cut in half; early in the 19th century, 12% of the world could read and write, today it’s 83%. Billionaire Philanthropist, Bill Gates is a huge fan of this book, you can read his take as well as excerpt from the book here.
On personal level, I often find myself stressed over the current condition of world. After reading the Factfulness, I started to think about my own life. I am better than how I was doing just a few years ago. Things have improved in my world. Do you think your life has improved? Maybe you have better friends now? Maybe you learned something to make your life just a tad better than how it was last year?
How many of us are in any war zone now? In reality, we are safer now than we have ever been in the history of civilization. Since the information travels much faster now, we are almost instantly aware of atrocities that happen around the world. We mistakenly think that unfairness is dominating, when in fact, it’s the news about unfairness is that is spreading. News makes us aware of bad things that happen in the world, we must not ignore them but we must also not conclude, ‘the world is getting worse.’ We must do our part in bringing happiness to the world, which means sticking to the facts about the world getting better. No need to bring fear in our as well as minds of others.
There are many things we still need to resolve but we must remember, we got this, we are getting better and we will continue to get better, thanks to the innovations and kind people like you. Let’s be happy today for our safety and let’s do our best to make this world a better place.
Have you said thanks to those who bring happiness to your life every day? Your parents, the coffee shop cashier, the receptionist? Take a moment to thank others now. Need more actions? How about signing a petition for plastic control? Did you know that pollution in Beijing, China has decreased 54% in 2017 from just a year earlier? It can be done, it has been done, and next time things will be even better!
We are only 2 seconds old if the Earth is 1 day old, so let’s keep our hopes and actions up.