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Is the world getting better or worse?

This is a poll. Just curious to know what you think.

The news we get, even in the age of citizen journalism is largely negative. We have every reason to believe the world is getting worse based on what we see on TV and the internet and a lot of people seem to think it actually is. But is it really?

Is it getting better? Is it getting worse? Or is it a cycle of prosperity, health, disease and war with no significant net gain or loss?

In 2011 we no longer have Hitler or the black plague. Slavery is less prevalent than it once was. Society has come a long way socially. We have amazing charities and a spirit of generosity. But we do have AIDS, obesity and a variety of cancers that are much more common because of the indulgent lifestyles we lead. We have huge debt and we still do have wars.

What do you think?

Changing Your Status Doesn’t Cure Cancer or Alleviate Poverty

Disclaimer: To those of you who do change your facebook statuses with the full understanding that you are merely supporting a cause and need to follow up with other action to actually see long term change, more power to you! Please bear with the bluntness (and potential controversy) of what follows…

In the past ten or twenty years, awareness campaigns have been hugely successful in getting many things out into the open. 

Now that so many things are in the open and known about, participating in viral awareness campaigns is (not solely, but to a degree) is often just a way for people to feel like they’re making a difference when actually they’re not doing a heck of a lot. It’s great for showing support for friends who might be struggling through something, but not for long term change in medical or poverty trends. Continue reading