42 years since a man who killed 10s of millions in cold blood was alive. (Mao Zedong, 1863-1976)
57 years since a famine killed up to 43 million people. (The Great Chinese Famine, 1959-61)
73 years since atomic bombs destroyed cities. (Hiroshima & Nagasaki, 1945)
73 years since a dictator almost took over the world. (Hitler, 1945)
98 years since a flu killed up to 100 million. (The Spanish Flu, 1918-20)
202 years since volcano eruptions decreased the average global temperature by 0.7 degrees C and resulted in severe food shortages. (1816, The Year Without Summer, caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 and maybe Mayon in 1814)
And don’t forget…
Today we have enough money, but just haven’t figured out how to distribute it equally.
We have enough food, but don’t know how to distribute it to everyone.
Life expectancy is going up.
Literacy is going up.
Number of democracies is steadily increasing.
Medical breakthroughs are increasing.
Murder rate is going down.
Extreme poverty rates are falling.
And just about anyone with a cheap smartphone has access to Information, Entertainment and Redressal, something totally denied to the lower classes for thousands of years.
Many problems are still there, but they are steadily are decreasing.
So why do we feel bad and think it’s worse?
Because our awareness is also increasing exponentially!
This is basically a rewrite of…
50 dangerous years that shook the world and how today’s great