Good F@!#ing News. Please Eat The Red Pill.
Good news. The world is not going to hell. We’re doing better than ever before. And the future is brighter than ever. That’s what the evidence tells us.
We are heading towards better times. And we have been for as long as we can tell. The further back in time we compare the present to, the better the numbers. But I prefer to compare the present to the 1970s. Because it’s only ~50 years ago, and most people who were born then are still alive and well. It’s barely half a lifetime ago.
Here are a few examples.
Since the 1970s, the share of world population living in extreme poverty has shrunk from 60% to below 10%:
Since the 1970s, income inequality is drastically lower:
Since the 1970s, global literacy has increased from 56% to 85%:
Since the 1970s, the share of people enrolled in primary and secondary school has doubled, and the share of post secondary enrollment has tripled:
Since the 1970s, child mortality has declined from 15% to below 5%:
(You can take a deep dive into many other categories over at https://ourworldindata.org)
Simply put, the good old days were NOT better. Yet, people believe that the world is breaking apart. I think there are two reasons:
1) Media mostly reports the stuff that’s gone wrong. Disaster, war, death, corruption. I understand that journalists need to keep power in check. But this kind of reporting doesn’t give you a correct view of the world.
2) If we choose to believe the world is going to hell, it’s easier to be passive. “Why should I make an effort to do anything if armageddon is around the corner?” This line of thinking liberates us from the burden of making an effort to positively impact the world. Because it’s not worth it anyway, right?
So the major news outlets only focus on reporting the stuff that’s gone wrong, which make people negative about the future and thereby also passive, which in turn reduces our overall contribution to progress.
I decided to attack the first reason. So I went on a major news outlet here in Sweden in order to tell it like it is:
Now it’s up to you to attack the second reason.
This is the moment where I show you the red and blue pill.
You take the blue pill — the story ends. You’ll remain passive, keep pretending that we’re doomed. You’ll be free from the burden. The burden of knowing that you can positively impact the world with your efforts.
You take the red pill — you will start to see that the world is in better shape than ever and the future is even brighter. You’ll realize that with the internet, you’re only a few clicks away from collaborating with almost any other human being on the planet. You’ll realize that the internet is a godly machine that welds all human brains together to form a collective super intelligence. You’ll realize that the phrase “I don’t know how” is a thing of the past, because the internet has information about everything. You can learn to do anything you’ve ever imagined. You’ll realize that with all of these powers at your disposal, you too can join and help accelerate the progress of mankind. Because you’re a fucking superhero.
So take the red pill.
How’s that for a New Year’s resolution?
I’m a former musician and scientist in chemistry. Today I’m an investor and global speaker on how technology affects industries, societies and human behavior. I’m on Facebook & Twitter.
Disclosure: I work for none of the companies mentioned in the article, nor do I receive any monetary gains from said companies in any way.