F is for fear

Scared_GirlIn 2015 there are many scary things all around us. There are diseases, terrorists, famine, scary movies and so on and so forth. The news tells us day after day that something’s coming to get us. The music and short soundbites enhances this. It seems as though the whole world is literally starting to come apart. Every morning when I turn the news or look at the Internet I’m bombarded with images of people being shot, people dying of illness, not having enough money and so on and so forth. Yes this is scary. However I’m here to tell you that this is totally planned to boost ratings and viewership.

I am an optimist. I view the  future with a great delight and expectation that things will just get better. Diseases are down. Violence across the world is way down. Crime in the United States is at record lows. In general the life style of people around the world is getting better. Since the 1980s and the 1990s, India, China, Brazil and so on have seen their standard of living dramatically rise. Even though in some ways the United States has deftly seen poverty increase if you compare the average lifestyle of an American is way ahead of any of the other countries listed. It is predicted that by 2020, obesity will be a greater problem for humanity then starvation.

This is not to somehow imply that things are perfect and we live in some kind of utopia. However when you look at disease prevention, technology, medical advancements, prosperity, peace and so on. The world is becoming a better place. The news which is heavily paid for by advertisements, would want you to think that things are getting worse the things are getting out of hand and the reality is that they are not things are actually getting better. Now we can sit here and lament that things are getting worse at least the perception there of, but as a whole the world is becoming a better place to live with more food, peace, prosperity, better technology, and more happiness as a whole.

This image was originally posted to Flickr by Victor Bezrukov at http://flickr.com/photos/21745851@N00/382031318. It was reviewed on 28 May 2010 by theFlickreviewR robot and was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the cc-by-2.0.

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