The further and continuing adventures of the girl who sat in the back of your homeroom, reading and daydreaming.
Sunday, October 21, 2018
So How Bad Is The World?
These are parlous times, right? I keep hearing people saying everything's falling apart, it's all getting worse--
Wrong. Things are getting better, and they have been getting better for years. Decades, even. But that's not just the opinion of a Midwestern, libertarian spinster. Vox Media is way to the left of me, in part the brainchild of Ezra Klein, and they've got the facts in charts and graphs. Doom and gloom is easy to sell and there's enormous room for improvement; but fewer people are starving, more people can read, and people are, by golly, actually climbing out of the worst kinds of poverty. The world isn't perfect. But it's not as bad as it once was and it's getting better.
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Ego vadum perussi vestri prandium
"I saw to what extent the people among whom I lived could be trusted as good neighbors and friends; that their friendship was for summer weather only; that they did not greatly propose to do right; that they were a distinct race from me by their prejudices and superstitions."