Why This Is The Best Time To Be Alive
A friend, Lin Sutherland, sent me this fabulous article she wrote for her newsletter, and it's so wonderful to hear it said from a conventionally rational perspective, since Divine Openings doesn't give rationality much emphasis, but instead focuses on disregarding conventional reality and claiming your power to create new realities. But this article shows that even the rational way of looking at the world can be really good news, even though the media shows more of the sensational bad news and neglects the good news almost entirely.
When you're focused on what is good, you get more of what is good.
Read the book, The Rational Optimist, if you want the whole story. Your mind will be soothed and inspired by it.
Why There’s Never Been a Better Time To Be Alive
by Lin Sutherland
For the past month, the news has been all bad - war, recession, riot, tsunami, earthquake, nuclear disaster, inflation, budget cuts and politics, and now West Texas is on fire. It can get a person down.
But while the news is always bad, there has never been a better time to be alive.
The average citizen of earth is wealthier, healthier, wiser, cleaner, cleverer, kinder, more peaceful, more equal, freer and happier than ever before. Matt Ridley, a British scientist and author of the book, The Rational Optimist, has the facts to back it up.
The fact is our human progress has actually been vigorous and widespread:
Average lifespan is increasing across the globe at the rate of five hours per day. Child mortality has fallen by two thirds in 50 years.
IQ scores are rising all around the world.
Charitable donations are at unprecedented levels.
The last decade saw the lowest number of deaths in war since 1945 worldwide.
Inequality is falling as poor countries such as India, Brazil and Botswana get rich faster than rich countries such as Britain, America and Japan.
Freedom is on the march - the Russian empire fell, the Chinese liberalised, South American juntas collapsed, Arab despots are toppling.
Soon only a few tyrants will be left - Kim Jong-il, Castro, Ahmadinejad, whoever runs Burma and a clutch of increasingly worried African despots in silly uniforms.
Happiness goes up as people get richer. It goes up when you don't face death, dirt, disease and a long-drop toilet. The average British working man in 1957 - the year Harold Macmillan told us we had "never had it so good" - earned less than a modern father of three gets in state benefits (after correcting for inflation).
In the Fifties it took 30 minutes to earn the price of a hamburger on the average wage. Today it takes three minutes.
A modern car emits 95 percent less carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons than it did in the Seventies.
The fatal accident rate of air travel was 13 times higher in 1969 than it was in 2009. The death rate from heart attacks and strokes at any given age has halved since 1970.
If you watch television you would think it's all bad, but all the time, inexorably - and unheralded in the news - things are inching better. These statistics are taken from The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves.
New ideas and new technologies are being invented to reduce the time each of us takes to fulfill a need or a wish.
All it takes to improve living standards is this: make sure energy is cheap, let people work for each other through trade, and let ideas meet and mate - and innovation follows. Thanks to the internet, innovation has accelerated.
And -- as good as life is compared with the past, the future is going to be better.
For 200 years living standards have been accelerating upwards because trade and communication have been getting easier.
On present trends the average citizen of earth will be at least twice as rich in 2100 as the average American is today - corrected for inflation.
There will still be wars and natural disasters. But consider this: your probability of death from a storm, flood or drought was 98 percent lower in the last decade than it was in the Twenties! Now, that's good news. What's your good news? I'd love to know...
From an article sent by Lin Sutherland about the book, The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley
What's your good news? We'd love to know and celebrate with you.
Post it as a reply to this blog.
I'm going back to his website to get this book!
I read some of his blog, and his writings, and this guy is a truly innovative thinker. I like it a lot. He's about solutions, not problems, just like your Large Self always is. What if we all thought more like he does?