If one were to listen to the news, read articles from their favorite periodicals or just engage in conversation with friends in a coffee shop the rhetoric might surprise you these days. Everyone has a message that appears grim. Yet, if you were to look at the evidences of the world we live in today, we see a much different picture. Maybe, we have become desensitized by the 24 hour news cycle, the always on social media and the barrage of information we are fed from our political systems. Let me give you some interesting facts.
It becomes evident with a little research there has never been a better time in history to be alive on planet earth than 2019. Deep research and number crunching from NASA and the University of China has shown intriguing facts. As late as 1940 two thirds of the world was below the poverty line (66%) , in 2019 that number is 9%. There has never been a time in recorded history (at least that we kept statistics for) in which less wars have been present on planet earth. The carbon emissions that will destroy the earth are going to overcome us in the next decade is the message we hear. Yet, science shows that the greenhouse effect has produced an atmosphere that is perfect for growing green anything. Of course, this will have to be kept in balance or problems will surely arise. We have enough trees on the planet (due in part to conscientious organizations) to add a “green footprint” about the size of the United States. That is over and above what was present 50 years ago. The life span of mankind is increasing. Mankind is living longer, forcing governments to deal with a new crisis of taking care of increasingly aging society’s. The medical community as a whole is finding ways to replace body parts that once had to be donated from a deceased person. The list goes on and on. So, why do we hear so much doom and gloom in our news today?
Maybe we are just addicted to bad news. Psychologists tell us that 9 out of 10 things we worry about today never come to be. I am not saying to be reckless with your priorities. Anything can, and most likely will be taken to extreme by people. But, 90% of the things we worry about do not happen. That is a plethora of wasted time. The biggest way to get an agenda accomplished is to instill fear into people’s lives. The best anecdote to fear is to read, observe and learn from credible places. Many people make a living today by selling fear and discord; our news cycle, social media and talk shows use many propaganda tactics to ensure you are “informed”.
The good news is this is a great time to be alive on planet earth. If we bury our heads in the sand, anything that we abuse will become an obstacle for mankind in the future. Maybe, we should spend more time looking at ways to help our fellow man and let the talking heads that spread their fear do it to a smaller audience. Have you heard some good news today. Tell others of your findings. Some truth mixed into our news today would be a welcome relief.