It is impossible to understand the world by watching the media outlets of one country. We hear from many people over and over again how bad this world is becoming and how we are on a massive decline of society. We turn on the news and radio and hear about all the horrible things that are happening on the planet. The truth of the matter is, that none of these are an accurate reflection of what is really happening on our planet. The media is just a tool that measures and promote mostly negative things because that is what gives them ratings. It is always important to read between the lines. All the information that you receive typically comes from a money motivated source. The next time you hear the news, ask yourself…’What drives the people that are delivering this news? Is it really that trustworthy?’
The following statistics below are from a post in bigthink.com by Andrew Cohen.
Increased Standard of Living:
- The number of people living in poverty (less than $2.50/day) has decreased from 75% in 1981 to 57% in 2005.
- Infant mortality rates have fallen over 60% internationally over the past 50 years.
- Life expectancy across the world is over 30% higher today than it was in the 1960s.
- Worldwide food production per capita rose over 11% between 1990 and 2009, even as the global population increased by 1.5 billion.
- Between 1973 and 2009, the number of violent crimes in the U.S. has dropped from 48 to 16 per 1,000 people.
- The number of people per million (total global population) who have died in armed conflict dropped from 235 in 1950 to 2.5 in 2007, despite an increase in the number of smaller conflicts.
- The EU was recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “transforming Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace.”
- Since WWII there have been no more “Great Wars” and international conflict has continued to decrease dramatically.
- The fact that “bullying” has become a national issue in America speaks volumes to the degree to which we have become a more civilized people.
Decrease in Disease:
- Cancer rates in the U.S. are on the decline and are lower than they were in 1975.
- Since 1990, the number of people with access to improved sanitation has increased by 50%.
- AIDS is in slow retreat throughout the world. According to the UN, “There were more than 700,000 fewer new HIV infections globally in 2011 than in 2001. Africa has cut AIDS-related deaths by one third in the past six years.
- Due to advances in stem cell research, nanotechnology, and gene therapy, we’re poised to manage/cure a variety of diseases, such as most forms of cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, Multiple Sclerosis, blindness, and many others.
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