Things are getting better

April 2, 2016

I focus a lot on problems in this blog. Cultural and political discourse in general tends to focus on problems. It has become a common place belief that things are getting worse. Pessimism is now the default setting. But things are not getting worse, they are (mostly) getting better, a lot better.

In fact the condition of humanity, measured using any of dozens of common sense metrics, is not only getting better but has significantly improved in just the last few decades.

As an example of how much things have improved recently here is an animation showing improvements in global neonatal mortality rates since 1990.

Click on the animation below to see it full size, then click the play button.

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