People are too negative. Everything seems to be the end of the world lately. Especially when it comes to mankinds future. People are just too dreary about what the future holds. You always see those posts on facebook and twitter of horrible stuff happening in the world, whether it’s a picture of a refugee child or a video of a cute puppy being kicked that people use as justification to explain why our future is apparently doomed because bad stuff happens in the world sometimes. Well I’m sick of it. Our species has so much potential going forward and the future is looking blindingly bright.
My justification for being so hopeful of the future is due to a large amount of factors that are emerging. The first being the rapid rise of the standard of living across the world, also known as the HDI (Human Development Index.) For those that don’t know, HDI is a system that accounts how developed a country is by taking into account factors like education, life expectancy, per capita income, inflation and a lot of other factors. According to this index living conditions have been steadily getting better in these fields for a lot of countries. African countries, for example, have recently had their HDI rocket upwards because of the recent investing campaign China has started in Africa. These investments have led to massive infrastructure projects like hospitals and schools becoming widespread throughout Africa.
There’s also the fact that world poverty is declining at a rapid pace. In 1988 , over 80% of China lived in extreme poverty (making under $1.80 per day.) In almost 30 years that rate has declined to 11%. In a similar time frame Iran has gone from 20% to under 1%. This decrease is also a world wide trend, in 1970 2.2 billion people lived in extreme poverty, in 2015 it has decreased to 705 million, a staggering decrease. South America is also facing a decrease of about 1% a year, which is giving the continent a sense of hope. We also shouldn’t ignore the fact that world hunger is slowly being defeated. In just 20 years we went from 19% of the world being undernourished to 10%. That is a massive change in percentage in a short time span. If all of these factors didn’t give you at least a little bit of optimism for the future of the human race this should. The world is just plain happier, and we keep getting happier. According to a Canadian-led UN Project that aims to measure the happiness levels of each country, there’s a steady trend of global happiness rising everywhere. I’m not asking you to stop noticing the problems we have going on, such as the impending global refugee crisis from global warming destroying all hospitable farming lands, or the superbug that is going to be formed because of our over use of disinfectants, or the massive wealth inequality that is emerging in first world countries. That would be irresponsible and just plain ignorant. What I am asking you to do is to be positive for once.
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