The Gates Foundation has issued a letter about the state of the world and the way things are going. It is a very pleasant, upbeat outlook as to what the world is like right now.
I like this. It’s too easy to focus on the bad things going on in the world and forget the good. Consider that North and South America are almost completely at peace. Australia and Europe are completely at peace. The few wars happening are confined to parts of Africa and Central Asia. People are living longer, healthier lives. We’re better educated than we’ve ever been. Poverty is on the decline. Literacy is up. On almost every quantifiable level life is far better for humanity now than it has ever been in our history, and I think that’s excellent and worth talking about a lot more than we do.