I've got to admit it's getting better
It's getting better all the time
- The Beatles, "Getting Better," Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Capitol, 1967)
Over at Business Insider they have "31 Charts That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity." As a parody, Brad Plumer at The Washington Post gave some gloomy twists to the various charts. Here are a few examples with each headline provided in the captions:
|BI: "We've stopped fighting each other."|
WP: "Inter-state wars are on the rise since 2002." (pink line)
|BI: "Democracy's in. Autocracy's out."|
WP: "Dictatorships still exist."
|BI: "Slavery is disappearing."|
WP: "We haven't eradicated human slavery."
|BI: "Illiteracy in America has been obliterated."|
WP: "Pretty much everyone in the United States can now read Fifty Shades of Grey."
|BI: "Global poverty is on the wane."|
WP: "A fifth of the world lived in absolute poverty in 2000."
The world is far from going to hell in a handbasket. But we can easily view it as such if we choose. The choice is ours.