I also ask myself if we have advanced as a species, what the state of the world is, if we’ve made any positive differences, whether we are headed in the right direction and if things are as bad as many of us think.
It is ironic to me that in a world where information and knowledge is available to us at the click of a button, the majority of people have a dismal view of the world. Because if you dig a little deeper, beyond what the media would have you believe, things are in fact getting better not worse.
The facts show that overall we are healthier, more tolerant, better educated, freer and more aware of the world outside our immediate domain. Poverty rates are declining, and we are more literate and less violent. We have accomplished some amazing things in the last few decades but only few of us know it.
We should not lose hope. We should not buy into the constant negative news. We should not allow ourselves to be controlled by fear. That’s what stirs emotions. That’s what causes drama. And that’s what sells. But that’s not what’s true. There are unsung heroes we don’t hear about. There are advancements that are not newsworthy. There are inspirational stories that are never told.
I do not share the pessimism that is weighing down many. And no matter what kinds of challenges I’ve faced (and am facing) personally or how many challenges we are dealing with globally, I remain optimistic about the future. I also bid a warm farewell to 2017. Because no matter what, I was blessed with 365 more days on this beautiful planet with everyone I love.
I look forward to 2018 and new beginnings. And I hope you do, too.
Happy New Year, my friends! Peace, love and joy to all of you.