Media and intellectuals may do everything to scare our wits with a lots of inputs on how the world is fast going only downhill and how everything is going bad, but in reality, world is now far better place than what it used to be.
In 1981, 52% of the world lived in ‘absolute’ poverty. By 2010, this number was down to 21%. Is it not wonderful that 721 million fewer people live in extreme poverty that what they did three decades back?
World illiteracy has more than halved between 1970 and today. Between 2000 and 2012, the number of ‘Out of school’ children around the world has nearly halved, dropping from nearly 100 million to 58 million. This has in turn given rise to so much information creation and dissemination that every two days human being create more information in form of data that was created in all of history till 2003. The intresting fact to prove this speed of data creation comes with a simple illustration that Encyclopedia Britannica that started in 1768 has so far 32 volumes. On the other hand if all the data without images are printed on similar pages the volumes that would come out would exceed 2053 in number. This is increasing with every passing minute.
Increase in literacy has given world a lot more opportunities in form of innovation and resulted in jobs that this momentum will only grow for many more decades to come.
Healthcare facililities and public awareness about health have improved so much that between 1990 and 2010, the percentage of children who died before their fifth birthday dropped by almost half. Even, maternal mortality worldwide has dropped by almost 50% during the same time. Human life expetancy has increased more in the last fifty years than it did in previous 200000 years of human existance. In 1950, life expectancy was just 47 years that increased to 70 years by 2011. It is very heartening to know that dreaded diesease like cancer has also got cure if detected timely. Between 1991 and 2010, the mortality rate of cancer fell by 20% that translates into 10% per decade.
Population growth due to these factors have certainly increased, but inspite of that, since 1961, the amount of food we produce has increased by 25% with about 2% of the world population now producing enough to fill the bellies of every single person on earth with 2800 calories per day.
People dying due to unnatural causes have also seen a sharp drop. Based on the data collected between 2001 and 2008, the rate of homicide is declining in 75% of the nations with total murders almost dropping by 50% in this short time.
Even with so many wars and terror going around us, the statistics show that we are living in one of the most peaceful era of human history. In the 1940s, 300 of every 10000 people would die due to the result of war. This number is now less than 1, a reduction of 99.6%
The most intresting fact of our better living comes with the fact that since the 20th century, the amount of hours that the average person worked have halved dispite wages and productivity increasing almost every year.
Let us continue to work towards making our world a great place for ourselves and the generations to come.