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Almost people nowadays think that our current life is worse in terms of ethic issues and social oder than it used to be. This view can be easily understood as everyday we turn on TV and hear the daily news that expose serial violent scenes such as murdering, kidnapping, child abusing or terriorism and new disease outbreak. All of which make us disappointed about the world around, even think that the world is going to hell in not far future. Nevertheless, the fact is that we are living in the most peaceful age of human history. Indeed, if we open our mind and view to look beyond the only negative news on TV, newspapers, internet, we are likely to see the other bright side of the world around us.
While there is certainly conflict and major problems in the world today, the amount of large scale violence and war is actually rather small compared to much of world history. If we compare the infant mortality rates and average life span…..they are extraordinarily better than a century ago. More people have freedom and liberty now than they have ever had since the beginning of mankind. There is more political and religious right than any other time in history, and there are more social programs and humanitarian relief than in any other time in world history.
We fail to see the progress, because that is not we are used to hearing. We have so much more access to every bad event that happens, that it clouds are view of reality. 100 years ago, you would not have heard about a murder that happened in another state or another country for that matter-today you have the news in 10 seconds on your laptop. It is almost as if we are giving ourselves a very skewed view of the world as we allow ourselves to watch and hear every bad event that occurs. Unfortunately, this soon leads to pessimism about social change and progress
This does not mean there are not serious problems. There are the issues of global warming and climate change which could have a big impact on us in the future. There is a problem with the new trends in globalization where the world’s poor could be in an even worse position, and the insane nuclear weaponry we have acquired is certainly unnerving. However, let us not forget how much progress we have made. Next time you turn on the nightly news, take it with a little grain of salt and realize that while many things are still in a very bad condition, many things are getting better and we certainly have made a lot of progress.
This article was written by William McCorkle. He writes a blog on progressive social action and the search to find the true essence of the Christian faith at http://www.essencerestored.com. If you are interested in contacting the author, you may contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.