Monday, April 2, 2012

Optimists are right…..

In my last post, I included some quotes and statistics that indicated extreme poverty may be eradicated in our lifetime.  So I am following that post with another optimistic post that I happened upon in Reader’s Digest this month.  A post that points out 17 reasons why this is a great time to be alive.  Reason #17 says this….

17. Optimists are right

For 200 years, pessimists have had all the headlines—even though optimists have far more often been right. There is immense vested interest in pessimism. No charity ever raised money by saying things are getting better. No journalist ever got the front page writing a story about how disaster was now less likely. Pressure groups and their customers in the media search even the most cheerful statistics for glimmers of doom. Don’t be browbeaten—dare to be an optimist!

As I’ve mentioned before, optimism is not my default setting….and with all the doom and gloom and dire predictions we are bombarded with day in and day out, it’s hard to “look on the sunny side.”

But this article gives us 17 reasons why we should…and why it is better to live today than at any other time in history.  The good old days weren’t really all that good….except in retrospect…with all the rough edges smoothed out by our selective memory. 

Check out the article HERE…and below is a partial list of some of the stuff the author talks about

        • The important stuff costs less
        • Poverty is nose-diving
        • Storms are not getting worse
        • Great ideas keep coming
        • The environment is better than you think
        • Urban living is a good thing
        • Oil is not running out
        • Population growth is not a threat

Check out the article in its entirety on the Reader’s Digest website. 

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