6 major indicators strongly confirm we are living in the best time in history

The issue

“All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse?”

A survey done with this question documented the very negative perspective of global development that most of us have. More than 9 out of 10 people do not think that the world is getting better.

Evidence from empirical data shows the opposite picture. On each of 6 vital indicators of human wellbeing, there has been dramatic improvements over the centuries to our present date.

The question is about how the world has changed and so we must take a historical perspective. And the question is about the world as a whole and the answer must therefore consider everybody. The answer must consider the history of global living conditions – a history of everyone.

The difficulty for telling the history of how everyone’s lives changed over the last 200 years is that you cannot pick single stories. Stories about individual people are much more engaging – our minds like these stories – but they cannot be representative for how the world has changed. To achieve a representation of how the world has changed at large you have to tell many, many stories all at once; and that is statistics.

The media focusses on single events and single events are often bad – look at the news: plane crashes, terrorism attacks, natural disasters, election outcomes that we are not happy with. Positive developments on the other hand often happen very slowly and never make the headlines in the event-obsessed media. The media does not tell us how the world is changing, it tells us what in the world goes wrong.

SOURCE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT WITH GRATITUDE: Our World in Data

See interactive charts on each indicator in the tabs

Poverty

Literacy

Child mortality

Democracy

Education level

(Visited 27 times, 17 visits today)

1 Comment

Add a Comment
  1. We are getting better. But peace (shanti) both inner and environmental is coming down

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Just a test to ensure that a person is using this form *

Thinking | Teaching | Talking © 2017 Frontier Theme
SUBSCRIBE