Sometimes you can get inspiration from unlikely sources. This morning I was reading a back copy of ‘Money’ magazine. It is not a magazine I often read but in this case an opinion piece by Paul Clitheroe caught my eye, ’Now for the good news: we’re one of the wealthiest nations on the planet’ (Best of the Best 2017).
Good news story? Don’t mind if I do.
The purpose of Clitheroe’s piece was to reflect on the accuracy of his financial predictions for the previous year. A particular paragraph caught my eye:
Sadly, one thing I can guarantee is that bad news will receive much media attention, while good news will barely get a mention. This is annoying, as there has never been a safer or better time to live on our planet. Remarkable strides have been made to reduce global poverty by some 50% over the past decade. Global economic growth is actually OK, if not stellar. But we will hear little about any of these things. We all understand why: negative headlines always get far more attention. It is worth putting these into context. Some will be just plain terrible but with others we should apply a bit of common sense. My favourite is ‘the problem of an ageing society’. Obviously as we age, thanks to our world-class medical system and life extension, our society will need to change. But an ageing society is callused by us living longer and I think living longer and in better health than at any time in history is really a good thing!
Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the negative hype. As Facebook’s algorithms get more sophisticated, I see more and more posts and stories about breaches of human and animal rights. Couple it with my daily saturation in crime and victimisation and it all skews my worldview away from hope and goodwill to despair over human nature.