Before I share the advancements in various fields that are exponentially changing our world and creating the potential for abundance for all, let’s have a look at how our world has changed over the last 50 to 200 years. Let me first ask you a couple of questions ( taken from the book Factfulness by Hans Rosling). Please keep a mental note of your answers.
Question # 1: How many people in this world have some access to electricity?
a) 20 percent.
b) 50 percent.
c) 80 percent.
Question # 2: How did the number of deaths from natural disasters change over the last hundred years?
a) More than doubled.
b) Remained about the same.
c) Decreased to less than half.
Question # 3: In the last 20 years, the portion of the world population living in extreme poverty has …
a) almost doubled.
b) Remained more or less the same.
c) almost halved.
Before I tell you the right answers, lets first have a look at some of the stats about our world. Browse through the slides below to get an idea of how our world has improved. These slides have been captured from the presentation of Peter Diamandis.
Some of the bad things that have been on the decline over the past century or more:
Some of the good things that have been on the rise over the past century or more:
The key message is that we are living in the best times in the entire history of humanity.
We have never been freer from forced bondage.
We have never enjoyed more peace.
We have never been healthier.
We have never lived longer.
We have never had more time to work on our passions and purpose.
We have never been more connected.
We have never been more prosperous.
We have never had more power to change the world than it is today.
This progress in many cases has been exponential in nature due to the progress in science and innovations in technologies. This approach has created a world of abundance. And the fascinating thing is that the next decade is poised to unleash more progress than the last half-century. How does this exponential progress happen, will be the topic of the next blog.
However, the interesting fact is that we humans pay more attention to negative news than to positive, which is explained by the following chart.
The facts that I have shared in this blog are a small fraction of all the good news that has been documented by researchers about the betterment of humanity. In almost any dimension of human progress, the world has improved over the last two centuries. I hope this information would have filled you with positive energy and you would stop paying much attention to the negativity bias of media and people in general.
Let me give you the answer to the three questions I asked you at the beginning of this blog. With the stats presented in this blog, I suspect you’d have adjusted some of your answers.
Answer # 1: 80% of the people in this world have some access to electricity.
Answer # 2: The number of deaths from natural disasters has decreased to less than half over the last hundred years.
Answer # 3: In the last 20 years, the portion of the world population living in extreme poverty has almost halved.
I’d encourage you to educate yourself more about the world at Gap Minder.
Stay tuned for the next blog soon…