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
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.
- 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.
- 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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