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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?

Tomorrow When the War Began

I went to see this today. And I was surprised! It wasn’t the best made film ever, but it was good! It’s been a long time since I read the books, and I only read the first three (there are seven). In fact there was a scene the movie where one of the girls was reading a book and her friend asked her if it’s better than the movie. To which she is given the answer yes, and she says that’s always the way. Whether that was a bit of self-deprecating humour or an apology, I’m not sure, but it was funny regardless! And the movie was pretty good. Continue reading

Superpowers

And no, I’m not talking about the ability to turn invisible, though that would be very useful sometimes…

I’m talking about global superpowers, of Cold War proportions. I mentioned in a recent post that the world is taking notice of Asia now that China is the second largest economy in the world, even though the country that previously held that position was also Asian (Japan). Which begs the question, why? Why was Japan no big deal and now it’s China everyone goes “Oh, hello Asia!”

And I’ve come to the conclusion that we just like big things. We like big pizzas, we like big houses and apparently some of us like big butts. And it’s coming to light that we like big countries. We even like America. There I said it. No matter how much they screw everything up and pretend that the rest of the world is theirs to treat how they like, and no matter how stupid some of their citizens appear to be, we like them. We like them cause they’ve given us McDonald’s and Hollywood, and as long as they continue their mud slinging competition with the Middle East we feel safe because we secretly are dumb enough to believe them when they say that’s where all the bad guys in the world come from. And now that China’s gotten big, we like them too. Continue reading