Recent Decades: An Amazing Global Success Story

Far fewer human beings perish before their fifth birthday than ever before. More of us live longer. This is worth celebrating.

No, things aren’t going to hell in a handbasket. Despite all the fear mongering out there, all the declarations that the poor just get poorer while the rich get richer, the past several decades have been unprecedented in human history.

More of us than ever before now have a chance at rich lives – lives that don’t involve endless backbreaking toil, lives in which our children don’t die before reaching their fifth birthday.

Here’s a new, 3-minute video by Swedish professor Hans Rosling, telling the child mortality success story:

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And here’s that 4-minute classic about the magnificent rise in living standards around the world over the past 200 years:

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As the UK publication Spiked is in the habit of declaring: Humanity is underrated.

So, one might add, is capitalism. The current world economic system – the one that’s supposedly so broken it must be swept away and replaced – has accomplished the above miracles.

Yes, that system has its shortcomings. But its successes are real.

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  • http://fathermartykurylowicz.blogspot.com/ Fr M Kurylowicz

    People against Marriage Equality do not base their public statements on facts either from science or the bible. It is a repeat of the time the Vatican was condemning Galileo, because they insisted that Galileo was going against the bible that it is the sun that revolves around the earth. Therefore, the only position left for being against gay rights or gay marriage is for personal reasons. Any politician, public speaker, bishop or pope needs to have had thoroughly examined his or hers personal sexual orientation and gender identity before speaking publicly. Because researchers have clearly shown us that components of human sexuality are on continuums. This means that nearly everyone is a mixture of LGBT components to some degree, the variation on this are likely as complex as DNA. I am supportive of this research, because of my years of experience being a bartender, priest, pastor, psychologist and now an activist of the LGBTI people and having always been surrounded by the diversity of people in large groups, I can see how the research can be true.

    With more and more people having “come out” in many professions, from various backgrounds, prime ministers to major football sport figures, plus the overwhelming abundance of allies coming out in support of LGBT people, there are fewer people in the closet, now days. This means it resonates more quickly with an audience, when someone is closeted about his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. Agreed this can be quite frightening and disturbing situation for anyone to have to face the truth about one's sexuality. However, instead of resisting publicly by regressing to irrational fears, name-calling and making ignorant statements, it is best to come to terms with one’s own individual sexual orientation and gender identity before facing the public.

    The harsh ignorant antiLGBTI social and religious norms just keeps us separated from one another because of what we cannot accept in ourselves. Educating people about the complexities that make up human sexuality that each person is a unique mixture of components of LGBTI will help to bring people together and increase the human potential in the world by leaps and bounds, finding cures of all kinds of diseases and much more.

    Regarding Marriage Equality it must be remember that the importance and meaning of marriage is more than procreation. Two people pledging their love to each other is not just for themselves, because that is not marriage. By being in love, two become one and they are better equip to be the best for everyone in world their families, friends, co-workers and beyond. In this way all marriages are contributing to the procreation of children by their enriching the social environment that children will be born into. I think that love; true love like energy is never lost, a bit like Einstein, maybe.

    The truth will set us free – not ignorance and fear.

    Fr. Marty Kurylowicz