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Let’s take a moment to recognize and appreciate just how far we’ve come as a species.
Looking at the world’s most recent heartbreak – the ebola epidemic in West Africa, terrorist attacks in France, the Syrian refugee crisis, the frequency of public shootings -- it would be easy for you to look back on 2015 and think it was a horrific year that catapulted our species even further in the wrong direction.
But -- you’d be wrong.
We have every reason to believe that 2015 was, in fact, the best year in human history.
All of the most important elements that determine things like how long we live, and whether we live happily and freely are trending in an extremely favorable direction.
The fact is, until very recently, life for most people was dark, scarce, brutal, and above all — brief.
According to PRI:
“The causes are pretty obvious: bad food, bad hygiene, bad toilet habits, and almost no understanding of infectious disease. About one in four children born in America or England in the 1860s would die before their 5th birthday. And that was nationally. In crowded cities like Liverpool, in England, that figure could reach 50 percent.”
The more you know about history, the more grateful and happy you become to be alive now
So let’s take a moment to review the facts, and hold tremendous gratitude for those who have worked tirelessly to make this world a better place… because they have succeeded.
Here are 30 reasons we’re living in the greatest time in human history: