It’s almost unimaginable how much progress the world has made in the last century and this one.
Humans have access to more technology, healthcare, and educational opportunities than ever. Advancement is a real possibility for most people in almost all countries. There are some backward places; there’s no question about that. All in all, though, progress has been made on every front. Those people who constantly complain about how times have changed for the worse are making a terrible mistake. They’re confusing rough times in their life with the overall state of the whole planet.
Not Everyone Is Suffering, Even If You Are
When situations go against you, it’s easy to generalize about your condition. Confirmation bias ensures that everything they see agrees with their preconception that everything is terrible. Maintaining a weak viewpoint like this is a huge mistake! When you suffer a business or career setback, you must assess whether it’s your fault or suffering from a systemic meltdown. When a whole team or division is wiped out, it’s probably not all your fault! However, if you lose a job in a fast-growing sector because of your performance, you can’t blame anyone but yourself.
Right now, people from the poorest countries are using new tools to increase their incomes. For many, it will be the first time someone in their family has lifted themselves out of poverty. Even though these folks were in dire straights, they recognized that the world had changed and that they could make moves that would result in positive results. The same holds for virtually everyone who’s flexible enough to embrace altered circumstances with an open mind.
Get out there and make the types of moves that you know you need to make. Your future depends on what you do right now. If you want a life of happiness and prosperity, live in alignment with how things are instead of how they once were.
The World Keeps on Getting Better and Better
In an age where headlines often focus on crises and conflicts, it’s easy to forget that, believe it or not, the world is improving in many ways. Sounds surprising? Let’s dive in.
Advances in Medicine
Let’s start with healthcare. Over the past few decades, medical advancements have skyrocketed. Diseases that were once considered deadly are now treatable or even preventable. Life expectancy has gone up globally, and child mortality rates have plummeted. It’s not just about living longer; it’s about living healthier, too.
Technology has evolved in leaps and bounds. Technology is improving lives in countless ways, from smartphones that put the world at our fingertips to clean energy solutions that promise a greener future. Think about it—communication, education, and entertainment have revolutionized!
On the social front, despite setbacks, we’ve made strides in areas like gender equality, racial justice, and LGBTQ+ rights. Conversations once taboo are now at the forefront, driving change and fostering understanding.
The global economy, too, has been on an upward trajectory. While wealth gaps exist, the overall standard of living has improved for billions. More people than ever have access to education and job opportunities, setting the stage for continued growth and innovation.
Sure, we have environmental challenges, but awareness and action are escalating. Renewable energy is on the rise, and conservation efforts are gaining momentum. People are more conscious about their choices and impact on the planet, which is a step in the right direction.
Empathy and Connection
Lastly, despite our differences, we’re becoming a more interconnected world. The Internet has made it easier to share stories, build communities, and understand perspectives different from our own. This sense of global community fosters empathy and, ultimately, unity.
So yes, the world is far from perfect. Challenges persist, but it’s crucial to recognize our progress and continue to make every day. By focusing on the positive, we uplift ourselves and inspire others to contribute to the collective good. After all, recognizing that the world is improving is the first step in improving it.