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December 29, 2019

2019 Was the Best Year Ever. Really.

By Al Hirschfield

If you’re depressed by the state of the world, let me toss out an idea: In the long arc of human history, 2019 has been the best year ever.The bad things that you fret about are true. But it’s also true that since modern humans emerged about 200,000 years ago, 2019 was probably the year in which children were least likely to die, adults were least likely to be illiterate and people were least likely to suffer excruciating and disfigu ...

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If you’re depressed by the state of the world, let me toss out an idea: In the long arc of human history, 2019 has been the best year ever.

The bad things that you fret about are true. But it’s also true that since modern humans emerged about 200,000 years ago, 2019 was probably the year in which children were least likely to die, adults were least likely to be illiterate and people were least likely to suffer excruciating and disfiguring diseases.

Every single day in recent years, another 325,000 people got their first access to electricity. Each day, more than 200,000 got piped water for the first time. And some 650,000 went online for the first time, every single day.

Nicholas D. Kristof - Davos 2010.
Nicholas D. Kristof - Davos 2010.
(Image by (From Wikimedia) World Economic Forum from Cologny, Switzerland, Author: World Economic Forum from Cologny, Switzerland)
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Authors Bio:

A rapidly aging boy from NJ, with a somewhat radical political bent, and stubbornly persistent anger issues...

The above photo is not of me but of an Indian holy man named Sathya Sai Baba. He is pictured here (in a photo taken in the mid-20th Century), holding a small statue of the Hindu deity Krishna, which Sai Baba had just materialized.


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