25 Good Things About The World You Live In Right Now

World Of Literates

World Of Literates

A bit over 100 years ago, figures showed that a mere 10 percent of people in the world could read. Today, that figure has shot way up to around 85%.

Oil Reserves

Oil Reserves

As it turns out, the Earth has far more oil than those doomsdayers have suggested, which means we have some more time to make the transition to renewables.

Done With Polio

Done With Polio

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has almost managed to wipe out polio for good.

Income Protection

Income Protection

Switzerland, Finland and Canada have all introduced Universal Basic Income (yes, there are going to be quite a few people who believe that this is not a good thing but hey, there are many who think it is).

The Future Of Burma

The Future Of Burma

In Burma, they recently saw the first democratically elected head of state installed in more than 50 years.

UN Goals

UN Goals

Over the past fifteen or twenty years, almost all of the UN's goals were achieved (decreasing hunger and war, etc). Only some of the environmental goals were not.

Fighting Malaria

Fighting Malaria

Over the past fifteen years, the amount of deaths worldwide due to malaria, have been halved.

Emergency Access

Emergency Access

Emergency medical systems aimed at saving lives are becoming more and more available to people around the globe, as time goes on.

Better Internet Speeds

Better Internet Speeds

Because Google fiber is extending to more and more places all the time, it won't be too long until the internet is extremely fast, everywhere.

Unemployment

Unemployment

This is really only for the United States but hey, perhaps it's a sing of the world as a whole. In the US, unemployment is less than five percent and continues to improve gradually.

Murder, Murder, Murder

Murder, Murder, Murder

Again, in the United States, murder rates are well down on the 80s and 90s.

Move To Renewables

Move To Renewables

Energy sources all around the world are steadily climbing towards being renewable. Sure, many would argue that it could be (and should be) happening a lot quicker, but the fact that it is happening at all is an encouraging sign.

Access To Education

Access To Education

The internet continues to spread and spread to parts of the world that didn't have access before. What this means is (apart from access to porn and Trump tweets) that more and more places have access to education.

Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever

For the first time ever, there is a vaccine for dengue fever which, in its first trial, achieved a 100% success rate.

Close The Prisons

Close The Prisons

In the Netherlands, they've had to shut down some prison because they simply didn't have enough criminals to put in them. Presumably, this isn't good news for prison guards but hey, which would you rather, right?

Wars Violence

Wars Violence

More people died during the American Civil War than during all of the other wars America has been involved in combined. Why is this good news? Well, it suggests that wars are resulting in less loss of life as time goes on. Nobody is suggesting that we should all be celebrating going to war, however, in relative terms, it's got to be a good thing, doesn't it?

Living Infants

Living Infants

Less children die in infancy now than at any time in history.

Nigerian Government

Nigerian Government

In 2015, a non-incumbent leader was elected in Nigeria, suggesting that the nation had turned the corner where democracy and politics is concerned.

Rwandan Miracle

Rwandan Miracle

Following the Rwandan genocide of 1994 in which somewhere between 500,000 and 1 million people were slaughtered, the recovery in terms of both politics and economy has been sometimes referred to as miraculous, considering how dire the situation was at the time.

Birth Rates

Birth Rates

Despite growing concern that the Earth's population will outgrow its resources, many statistics suggest that the planet's population will stabilize once it gets to around 10-11 million. This is down to the fact that birth rates have already stabilized.

Get Rid Of Cancer

Get Rid Of Cancer

Thanks to new treatments, death at the hands of cancer continue to decline each and every year.

A Less Violent World

A Less Violent World

We already mentioned that the murder rate in the United States has come down in a big ways over recent years. The truth is that violent crimes around the globe have declined too.

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Along with less violence, the world is also seeing a decline in poverty too. Surely this is fantastic news to a world seemingly so full of bad stuff (if you watch the "news" that is).

People Live Longer

People Live Longer

The worldwide life expectancy is higher than it has ever been. Ever!

Smaller Hole

Smaller Hole

That big old hole in the ozone layer over the Antarctic... That's repairing itself as you read this!