Sunday, August 17, 2014

Ridley on "Good News"

With a tip of the hat to Mark Perry, here's an excerpt from a great article from OLS hero Matt Ridley where he argues not to get too caught up in all the apparent bad news defining our lives over the last several years.  If you step back and take a larger view, Ridley points out, you'll realize we live in incredibly great times:
All true and all horrible. But the world is always full of atrocity, violence, death and debt. Are things really worse this year or are we journalists just reporting the clouds in every silver lining? Remember the media does not give a fair summary of what happens in the world. It tells you disproportionately about the things that go badly wrong. If it bleeds, it leads, as they say in newspapers. Good news is no news.
So let’s tot up instead what is going, and could go, right. Actually it is a pretty long list, just not a very newsworthy one. Compared with any time in the past half century, the world as a whole is today wealthier, healthier, happier, cleverer, cleaner, kinder, freer, safer, more peaceful and more equal. [Emphasis Marc Street].
Click here to read the entire, uplifting article! Also, click here to read Perry's summary and additional comments on Ridley's article.