Why The World is Getting Better This Thanksgiving

Top 10 reasons the world is getting better!

Positive Reason 1: Great enrichment! Since 1820, the size of the world’s economy has grown more than a hundredfold!  The world population has only grown eightfold!

This provides more money/businesses, food, housing, health care, and a better life for all! Since 1900 the world’s gross product has grown from a trillion dollars to over 1,200 trillion!

Positive Reason 2:  The end of poverty!  The vast majority of our ancestors died in disease-ridden poverty and pervasive ignorance!  Just 200 years ago 84% of the world was in extreme poverty, with less than $1.90 a day to survive on!

Extreme poverty is below 8% and continues to fall dramatically!  In 1990 1.9 billion people were in extreme poverty.  In 2018 that number fell to 650 million people and continues to fall.  Poverty has ended for most and will continue to decline!

Positive Reason 3:  we don’t run out of resources!  Mother Earth’s resources are neither known nor fixed!  We have never run out of what has been called nonrenewable resources!

This is because as prices rise humanity creates incentives for imagination, innovation, new deposits, greater efficiency of use, and the development of substitutes.

The World Bank states that commodities have fallen in costs, wages have increased by 80% in the past 30 years!  Not only is there an unlimited amount of resources but now 65% cheaper!

Additionally, resources haven’t even been discovered yet but were always on Mother Earth!  For example, electricity was discovered less than 200 years ago and we are not just learning how to tap into the sun’s energy!
There is plenty of everything 🎉

Positive Reason #4:  The world’s population is peaking!  For thousands of years, couples wanted to have lots of children in the hope that a few would survive.  Now couples aim for having a few children and providing them the skills and social capital to flourish in a modern economy!

The world’s population will likely peak at 9.8 billion by 2080 and then level off to 9.5 billion by 2100 according to the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

The “more good news” reasons are that global trends such as falling child mortality rates, increased urbanization, rising incomes, and the spread of political and economic freedom all lead to having fewer children, and this a leveling of population growth!

Positive Reason #5:  The end of famine as nutrition and food production are rapidly increasing!

As recent as 1962, the worst famine ever occurred when Chinese Communism used brute force to nationalize farmland, causing 45 million deaths from 1958 to 1962!

The average world calorie intake has risen from 2,196 calories in 1962 to 2,962 calories in 2017 according to the United Nation’s Food and Agricultural Organization.

This “more good news” stems from agricultural productivity and that the world is much richer and can afford to buy more food!  Poverty is shrinking along with starvation, while more food and more nutritious food is available worldwide!

Positive Reason #6:  There is more land for nature!  Trees have grown by almost a million square miles in the past 35 years!

This has reduced by one third the carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels!  The University of Maryland used global satellites to track substantial gains in forests around the world!

This “more good news” of expanding woodlands indicates that humanity is no longer destroying nature but actually enhancing it for less pollution and healthier air for all!

In the United States, where in the past 100 years, has dedicated massive natural lands to national forests that will continue to enhance air quality but also the human experience to enjoy nature at its finest!

Positive Reason #7:  Growing urbanization is good for humanity and nature!  Historically, around 90% of humanity has lived in rural areas. Today, less than 2% live in rural areas and over 98% live in the cities, planet city we have become!

Prior to mechanization, farm work was exhausting and poorly paid and why people migrated to the cities as farming was mechanized within the past 100 years.

This “more good news” has created cities that are now centers of innovation, engines of growth, and home to the richest and largest segment of the population!

Positive Reason #8:  The rise of democracy!

Communist dictatorships and Autocracies have suppressed humanity for thousands of years. From 1800-2017 this form of government has gone from 70% of the countries to just 10%, while democracy has gone from 1% to over half the world’s countries according to “The Center for Systemic Peace”!

North Korea is considered the worst tyranny at -10 and Norway is considered the best at a +10 that represents a politically free society. 

Democracy represents more freedom for the world and has also demonstrated more growing wealth, education, and health!  We have moved from the Cold War to over half the world is now experiencing full-fledged democracy!

Positive Reason #9:  There is more peace in the world than ever before in history!

The global trends in warfare source come from the RAND Report and show that wars between countries and states have dramatically decreased and with fewer people killed!

This is attributed to more democracy, more wealth, and ever-growing economies.  This trend is referred to as democratic or capitalist PEACE and estimates see this continued decline for years to come!

Positive Reason #10:  We live in a safer world!

The chances of dying in a natural catastrophe that includes earthquakes, floods, drought, storms, wildfires, landslides, and epidemics have dramatically declined!

Since 1920, the chances of a person dying from these disasters have decreased by 99%!  People are much more likely to survive natural disasters because of increased wealth and technological progress!

Buildings are better constructed, sophisticated computer models provide early storm warnings and broad disease surveillance enables swift interventions to slow and halt epidemics!

Historically, epidemics would have no solution and millions of people would die.  In the past hundred years, cures would take years to be discovered. Now as recent as COVID-19, in less than a year we have a vaccine!

The Plaque of Justinian killed half the world’s population!  More recently, the 1918 influenza pandemic killed 500 million people or 1/3 of the world’s population!  For perspective, COVID-19 has killed 1.4 million people and the first vaccine will be available on 12/20/20…in a month from now!

The world is indeed safer and the United Nations reports that in 1930 180 people were firing for every 100,000 people and that number has now gone from 180 deaths down to 1 death per 100,000 people!

Series Conclusion! In this series, I shared with you the top 10 reasons the world is getting better, much better!

Our world is wealthier, poverty has dropped from 90%, resources are unlimited, the population is peaking, food supply is growing, there is more land for nature, cities are growing wealth and technology, democracy is expanding, more peace and fewer wars than ever before and we now lived in a safer world!

It is now up to each one of us to make a decision as to our attitude about the world and about our own personal world that we live in.  We each have the loving creative power to create our world as we want it through our all-powerful minds!

If you wish to be more of a deliberate co-creator of your life, set up an appointment with me, and let’s talk about the life you want!  The world is getting better and now the question is your world getting better!

Happy Thanksgiving,
Dr. Hank

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