Have you ever heard the son “I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker”?
Or the line where the singer says, “I was born too late. In a world that doesn’t care”?
It gives the era that we live in some pretty bad connotations. Either on the news or social media or in civil conversation, the phrase “I’m sad for the world we live in” or “I’ve lost my faith in humanity”, or “things are only going to get worse”. Now I understand how this article may make me sound. But I am NOT blind. I am aware that yes there is war, and yes there is poverty and corruption. For a long time, I too was apart of this group of people (majority of the world) who believed that mankind would inevitably be its own demise. In some ways I still agree with this notion.
But once I finished school and was forced to start formulating my own opinions about this wide world I live in, I learnt that although we have our problems (which planet doesn’t) it isn’t actually as bad as we always make it out to be. I’ve learnt that crucial global issues such as war, poverty and environmental issues are and always will be prevalent in any modern society; it always has been and it always will be. But does that make it ok? Of course not, it should always be on our list of things that we MUST resolve and I am in no way suggesting we should condone these issues. With all that being said, here are a few reasons why I believe the world isn’t actually entering its first apocalyptic state.
War and Conflict
Did you know that we are currently living in the most peaceful time in human history? Allow me to provide some perspective. By the end of 1940, the world had endured two World Wars, the greatest economic depression in living memory and was about to enter a nuclear race and the Cold War. Political conflict was rife and most of Europe was left in tatters. Fair to say it wasn’t pretty, fast forward to now, and research shows that there is a startling decrease in worldwide violence, and the lowest mortality rate due to homicide on record. Following on from this, nations of the present have placed both global and local peace at the top of their priority list. This year alone we have seen North and South Korea try to amend their past issues and there are currently less wars and less people dying in wars than ever before.
Something that is often a result of war and can absolutely ravish a community is poverty. It’s always been an issue since humans first dealing in trade, and has been something that we have been striving to resolve. Now before I start on this section I just want to stress that I am aware that yes this is still a serious issue. However, since 2016, the proportion of the world’s population living in extreme poverty has actually fallen below 10%. For the first time ever, global economists have predicted that it IS actually possible to have poverty eradicated by 2030. For example, approximately 10 years ago, those living in poverty in China used to live on less than $1 a day. In 2012 however, this statistic has increased to $1.90 and the amount of people living like this in China has fallen by 88%. Now I’m aware that this still isn’t great but I would say that it is still a step in the right direction, and this is probably likely to reach a global level.
Cast your mind back to the late 1400’s… Did you know that it took Christopher Columbus just under 2 months to cross the Atlantic sea? I don’t know about you but I’m sure if I spent more than a few days at sea I would lose my mind. Nowadays if we have loved ones living on the other side of the world, we can reach them within the space of a day meanwhile still keeping in contact with them 24/7 if need be. Following on from previous generations we are now able to cure diseases we never thought possible (polio, measles, whooping cough), and we can now send man to the moon and beyond. 100 years ago life expectancy was just 45 years old, now we see people living beyond 100 years! With modern medicine taking us further than we could imagine it has also given us the ability to create more than we could imagine!
Equality & Discrimination
Ok, so before I start, let me stress that I am fully aware this is still a very serious issue, but I do think that we have made some headway. Comparing now to previous times, we can successfully say that “gone!” are the days of segregation and since Martin Luther King jnr’s “I Have a Dream Speech”, people of colour, religion and sex have been widely accepted in both local and global communities. Now, women can climb the corporate ladder as high as they please and can also have a say in who will run their country; same-sex marriage is now legal in most countries and if you wish to change your gender, religion or even something simple as your political views you may do so without fear of being judged wrongly. Now, may I also say the above statements are addressing the MAJORITY. I cannot stress enough how much of a big deal this issue is as it is still so prevalent in today’s of society, but that’s not to say that progress hasn’t been made in this area.
More often than not, the media often portray to us a world of negativity and corruption. But does that mean we necessarily have to listen to it? So many of us are powered and influenced by love and compassion. It’s actually not in our nature, to discriminate, or to engage in war. Planet earth still has a long way to go but we must still be thankful for what we do have and proud of what we already have achieved.