Charles Clanton Rogers

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I am reblogging this with enthusiam. Laura is my “Gieger-counter” for “the-good”. Life, with all of its undeniable disasters, is still marvellous, beautiful, loving, and best-of-all, forgiving! For a long view of the positive, See Sreven Pinker’s “The Better Angels of Our Nature” Villages once bartered for prisoners to use for the entertainment of public hanging for weekend celebrations! For me, “A hundred million miracles are happening every day!” Sing, blow a horn, or beat a drum! ccr

Laura Grace Weldon


Pay attention to the news and it’s nearly impossible to be optimistic.  Lives shattered by terrorism, poverty, conflict, and prejudice. The Earth herself endangered by greed and ignorance. It’s enough to stomp out hope altogether.

Don’t let it.

There’s no denying we have work to do to heal one another and our lovely planet, but let’s pause to consider where we’re already improving.

We’re overcoming diseases at extraordinary rates.

  1. AIDs related deaths have continued to drop for the last 15 years in a row and new HIV infections among children have dropped by 58% since 2000.
  2. Malaria, one of the world’s top killers, is on the decline. Last year 16 countries reported zero indigenous cases of malaria. Globally, mortality rates from the disease have fallen from an estimated 839 000 in 2000 to 438 000 in 2015. In other words, an estimated 6.2 million people have been saved from…

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3 thoughts on “It’s Getting Better

  1. bbnewsab says:

    Hopeful news! Thanks for sharing them here on your blog, KK. We need more of that type of news.

    BTW, All hopeful-news lovers should also listen to this physician, Hans Rosling:

    I hope you have already listened to at least one of his many TED lectures. He’s amazing to see in action.

    Or else, read more about him here:,28804,2111975_2111976_2112170,00.html .

    As early as 2012 he was listed, by Time, among the world’s 100 most influential people. (And yes, he’s from Sweden, born not far from Uppsala, the town you paid a visit some decades ago, KK. So I’m very proud to introduce him to your followers/readers.)


    1. clanton1934 says:

      Yes, of course. Hand Rosling Ida giant and the icon “physician”. Thank you Sweden! K


  2. This is such an optimistic reblog!
    Thanks for sharing!


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