No charity has ever risen money by saying things are getting better.
No journalist has ever made the front page by saying disasters are less likely.
The Internet isn’t making you stupid. Ask Plato, who denounced writing as the enemy of memory.
The amount of oil being spilled into the sea has dropped 90% since 1980.
The radiation you’re exposed to from transcontinental flights and nuclear testing is 90% less than the 1960s and only 1% of natural background radiation.
In 1948, George Orwell thought the government would be watching us with cameras in our walls.
But in 2013, we’re watching the government with cameras in our phones.
In the 60s there was famine, 70s had resource exhaustion, 80s acid rain, 90s pandemic, 2000s global warming.
Where are they now?
We can grow twice as much corn on 1 acre of land in 2005 than we could in 1965.
Worldwide life expectancy has grown 30 years since the 1950s and despite the population doubling, the raw number of people living in absolute poverty has fallen.
“I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the youth of today.
All modern youth are reckless beyond words.
When I was young, we were taught to be respectful of elders, but youth today are the opposite: totally disrespectful.”
- Hesiod, 700bc
“The young now love only luxury.
They have bad manners, contempt for authority, and show disrespect for their elders.
They lounge around when anyone enters the room.
They argue with their parents, interrupt everyone, scoff their food and terrorize their teachers.”
- Socrates, 380bc
“The world is passing through troubled times.
The young people of today think of nothing but themselves.
They talk as if they knew everything, and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness to them.”
- Peter the Hermit, 1274.
Don’t listen to the cynics. We’re richer than we’ve ever been, healthier than we’ve ever been and happier than we’ve ever been.
The world is getting better.