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The world really is getting better and better
The much slandered "powers that be" are actually doing an excellent job at creating an enlightened planetary society in which we live side by side in diversity, mutual respect and prosperity.
The Satisfaction with Life Index was created by Adrian G. White, an Analytic Social Psychologist at the University of Leicester, using data from a metastudy. It is an attempt to show life satisfaction in different nations.
This is an example of directly measuring happiness -- asking people how happy they are...
Some studies suggest that happiness can be measured effectively.
Also: Happiness gets more done than fear.
Originally posted by ladyinwaiting
However, many of the stats I've looked at seem to indicate that while the other classes have movement, either up or down, the middle class is stagnant. The medium income remains what it was twenty years ago. I even heard a financial expert call the current middle class the "flat-line" generation, because it's not going anywhere.
Originally posted by NadaCambia
Also the civil rights movement, gender equality, all these things happened in spite of TPTB. It was the common man, the people, protesting for the rights of their brothers and sisters. Something government and elite were absolutely opposed to.
Why are people living longer with less illness? Because of social healthcare. Something again TPTB RESISTED.
The people have been fighting for these things for thousands of years.
Originally posted by KilgoreTrout
How do you figure that? In terms of improvement for the many, as opposed to the few, that is...or don't you consider 'them' as having an opinion as to what constitutes a dramatic improvement?
Originally posted by DuceizBack
reply to post by backinblack
"Quality of life has gone down"
Are you slow?
Fifty years ago I possibly couldn't even look at a white woman because i'm black.
Life is better now.
Only time life would be better in the past is if you're a white person.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
If you believe improvement has only come for the few and not the many, you forget that there was no middle-class just a few hundred years ago. There was no medical care for many things.
I´d love to transport some of you to just a few hundred years ago so that you can smell the stench of decaying bodies in the streets. You`d certainly awaken.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
The word is getting better, more healthy and more wealthy overall. bathtub.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
reply to post by Dyax-
99% of all posters here will disagree with the OP, for exactly the reasons you state. Im expecting that, so thats OK. But maybe you`ll give the subject some deeper thought than compiling a list of wrongs. We could go on compiling lists of bad things or good things all day, but it is the overall state of humanity? Even if you say "the state is bad", can you really deny that its getting better?
"Getting better" could also mean from horrible to bad.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
I hereby argue that much of the doomsaying you can read here every day is itself disinformation meant to keep you in a state of fear and inertia. The much slandered "powers that be" are actually doing an excellent job at creating an enlightened planetary society in which we live side by side in diversity, mutual respect and prosperity. The fearmongers are not actually the "awakened ones" as opposed to who they call "sheeple", its just the other way around. I can prove this.
I believe both the mainstream media and alternative media are manufacturing a false sense of reality by focusing almost exclusively on disaster, crime, genocide, war in order to gain attention and sell papers because reality is just too "mundane". If news-media were to show normal life or report good news, the majority would not believe that the world is generally a bad place. But this is not only the fault of the media, it is actively desired by the majority of humanity. People mostly pay for watching violent movies. Peaceful and harmonious movies usually dont become Blockbusters. That means humanity still prefers negative to positive.
Newsmedia tends to break reality down to a snapshot. So if, in some African country, a child got its leg blown off, they will take a picture of that. That picture will then come to represent "what is going on in that country". People will start associating that picture with the country. Of course that is a gross distortion of reality because 99.99% of the people are not having their legs shot off 99.99% of the time. Using 1% of reality and making it look as if this 1% represents 99% is the classical tool of disinformation.
The word is getting better, more healthy and more wealthy overall. The life-expectancy of the world has increased. The overall health conditions have gotten better. Overall, the world is more peaceful. The overall population is more educated and more people are getting an education than ever before. The world is better relations and communications with another. The world is technologically more advanced. The world is psychologically happier. There are many thousands of reasons to look at the future with optimism and zest...the exact opposite of what most newsmedia and "alternative" media suggest.
The end is not nigh. The "good ol days" were not better. Quit looking at the snapshot or the 0.0001% of what is happening, and look at the big picture, the whole film-reel. Two key concepts that prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the world is getting better:
1. Quality of Life
2. Standard of Living
As you can see from the articles in the links, the science is settled and the facts laid out.
Some typical objections I keep hearing:
"But the greedy rich are getting richer at the expense of the poor"
Truth: The middle class today are richer than the rich a century ago. Things that only royals and the elite used to have, are no longer restricted to the elite. A few hundred years ago some royals couldnt even afford a bathtub.
"But our greed is taking its toll on our environment"
Truth: Pollution has been in steady decline since the 80s
"But there are many parts of the world which are in extreme poverty. The greedy have only become rich at the expense of these poor people"
Truth: Of course poverty still exists in large parts of the world. But that poverty already existed 500 years ago...except that it was even worse. With the steady path upwards we are provably going, world poverty will be solved within another 500 years (looking at the whole film-reel of reality, not just the snapshot of today).
"But we're spiritually poor. We have money, but we have lost our values"
Truth: Today women are allowed to vote, and we have a Black President. Bookstores carry more spiritual literature than ever before in History. That idea is just nonsense.
"But there are many threats we are facing from the Middle East"
Truth: While it is true that we need to stay on the alert for various threats, the recent peaceful revolutions in various Arab countries are actually a sign of awakening, not of a problem.
"We can only be happy when there is world peace everywhere and at all times"
I tend to disagree with that for several reasons, some of them shown in this thread: Do we really need world peace?. We can have overall peace most of the time and in most places, but total peace "at all times" can only come about through totalitarian rule - which is certainly not preferable in my view.
Oddly, all these Internet-Doomsayers have access to the Internet (= open Communication to the rest of the world) where they can say anything they want (= more free speech than at any time ever in History), they have plenty of food in their refrigerator, they have clothing, shelter and are usually fairly healthy. Ive met people who own much less who complain less than these doomsayers.
Usually, when I present the idea that the world is getting better, someone will present me with a list of wars that are happening. That does not change the fact that 95% of the world are always at peace or in ceasefire.
The Satisfaction with Life Index is one of many ways science measures the overall happiness of the planet.
The green, blue and purple countries call themselves very happy to fairly happy and the orange and red countries call themselves unhappy to very unhappy.
From this we see that there is a fair balance of happiness and unhappinies, with a slight advantage for happiness.
We can see that happiness is connected to health, wealth and access to basic education.
We can also see that we are heading towards more happiness overall. Connected to are centrist/moderate democracies. This is what all the happy (colored green on the map) have in commin. Former Eastern European countries, as they were under soviet rule used to be "red". Since having gained Independence from Soviet Rule, countries like Poland have turned Purple. Poland is in an excellent example of a destitute nation turned happy as soon as their freedoms were restored. The fact that a strong economy is a major but not the only happiness factor is shown by the fact that one of the poorest countries in the world, Bhutan, ranks 8, far in front of the U.S (see Life Satisfaction Index).
Yes, there are "wounds" left to heal, such as the wound of the MiddleEast. However, even there, not all is as terrible as shown in the news. There too the Israelis and Palestinians have mountains, valleys, trees, singing birds, festivals, good food, windsurfers, couples falling in love, prayer and whatnot.
Many I present these facts to, claim that things have gotten better in the last 5000 years but are going downhill in the last thirty years. That claim to, is easily disproven with the Human Development Index:
According to Human Development Index, life expectancy, literacy, education, standard of living, and GDP per capita are slowly increasing worldwide, although faster in some countries than others. The world population is increasing with 2.2 percent per year, expecting to reach nearly 9 billion by the year 2050. There is also an ongoing technology development, sociocultural evolution as well as economic development.
A few more facts that prove, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that the world is getting better:
25 years ago in China, over 600M people were living on < $1/day. Today this number is 180M … meaning 420M+ people are now above this level.
Between 1999 and 2004, 135M people worldwide rose from < $1/day to above this level. This is more people, more quickly than at any other time in history.
In South Asia, the number of people without clean water has halved since 1990.
In 1975, 75% of people aged 15-25 were literate. Now the rate is almost 90%.
In 1970, the fertility rate in East Asia/Pacific was 5.4 and now is 2.1
Almost half of all humans live in countries with growth of more than 7% per year (which doubles the economy every decade).
I understand this contradicts most of what people are taught by their parents, taught in school, taught in the media, taught on the Internet, but there you have it. If you continue to insist that things are getting worse, it may be that you are psychologically projecting your own bad situation on the world.edit on 6-3-2011 by Skyfloating because: (no reason given)