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Why The World Is Getting Better And Why Hardly Anyone Knows It

"It’s ironic that in a world where knowledge and education are improving dramatically, there is widespread abysmal ignorance about the improving state of the world. “More than 9 out of 10 people do not think that the world is getting better.”

https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2017/11/30/why-the-world-is-getting-better-why-hardly-anyone-knows-it/#2b5f71d47826
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Re: Why The World Is Getting Better And Why Hardly Anyone Knows It
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2019, 01:13:32 »
It's seems to be an uphill battle to point out these sort of facts. i believe it is because no one is really taught geography and in depth history anymore, therefore they have no yardstick to measure the present with, or where to start.

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Re: Why The World Is Getting Better And Why Hardly Anyone Knows It
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2019, 09:14:06 »
It's seems to be an uphill battle to point out these sort of facts.
Some people just aren't into facts.

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Re: Why The World Is Getting Better And Why Hardly Anyone Knows It
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2019, 10:02:24 »
Or, the trend of people thinking "it doesn't matter how bad it was before and that it's been getting better.  It's bad now for *reasons* and I want to complain about it."  You see it on forums like Reddit all the time.
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Re: Why The World Is Getting Better And Why Hardly Anyone Knows It
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2019, 11:36:20 »
Some people just aren't into facts.

I would suspect that the author of the linked piece may fall into that category.  He makes the premise of his article that people don't know how much better the world is compared to 200 years ago and bases that conclusion on an online "survey" conducted by YouGov four years ago that asked one (and only one) question -  "All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better or worse".  That amazing piece of research was based on little more than 18,000 responses from nine countries, all in the first world (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, USA, Great Britain, Germany, Australia, France).

If I had been asked that same question yesterday, I might have answered in the negative because my response would probably have been coloured by media I had been exposed to over the previous months and years.  But today, when I know that the comparison is to be from the start of the Industrial Revolution to now (and of course, it is so obvious, how could I have been so narrowly focused) then my answer may be different.
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Re: Why The World Is Getting Better And Why Hardly Anyone Knows It
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2019, 11:57:41 »
It's seems to be an uphill battle to point out these sort of facts. i believe it is because no one is really taught geography and in depth history anymore, therefore they have no yardstick to measure the present with, or where to start.

There has also been a tendency to intentionally eliminate history because it can be embarrassing, politically contentious or just plain inconvenient.  What is lost is the story of the balance between good and bad, risk and benefit, the limited value of great plans and the story of survival and advancement in spite of politicians.
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