I’ve written before that the world is good. Not in just a hippy-dippy Pollyanna-optimism way, but certifiably + statistically in a big ole range of ways.
And you know I ALWAYS love being proven right.
So here’s this bloody fantastic article: Why 2012 Was The Best Year Ever.
SO much so it deserves a whole blog post devoted to bringing your attention to it.
Evidence That 2012 Actually IS The Best Year Ever!
- Never has there been less hunger, less disease or more prosperity.
- Most developing countries are charging ahead, and people are being lifted out of poverty at the fastest rate ever recorded
- Global inequality is at its lowest in modern times.
- Extreme poverty was halved seven years ahead of schedule
- The world’s not just getting richer, but fairer too.
- Fossil fuel consumption… fell by 4 per cent. This remarkable (and, again, unreported) achievement has nothing to do with green taxes or wind farms. It is down to consumer demand for more efficient cars and factories.
- Advances in medicine and technology mean that people across the world are living longer.
- The average life expectancy in Africa has increased by FIVE YEARS in the last decade.
- The number of people dying from AIDS has been in decline for the last eight years.
- Deaths from malaria have fallen by a fifth in half a decade.
- Nature can still wreak havoc, but as countries grow richer, they can better guard against devastation.
- There have been fewer war deaths in the last decade than any time in the last century.
The way the article finishes too brought full on goosebumps to me:
Fifty years ago, the world was breathing a sigh of relief after the Cuban missile crisis. Young couples would discuss whether it was responsible to have children when the future seemed so dark. But now, as we celebrate the arrival of Light into the world, it’s worth remembering that, in spite of all our problems, the forces of peace, progress and prosperity are prevailing.
Yes, there is still work to be done.
Yes, there are things to be changed.
But never, ever doubt that your efforts aren’t making a difference.
A whole world of them.
As more and more women step up to create incredible lives and incredible businesses, I whole-heartedly believe and know that this will significantly impact the wellbeing, joy and prosperity of not just ourselves and our families but the rest of the world too.
I’ve said it before and I’ll keep saying it again and again: the work we are doing here is huge. It is powerful. And it has effects more far reaching than we could possibly know.
all my love,