Monday, June 3, 2013

It's Getting Better


 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.

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