Posts Tagged ‘improve’

The Selfish Humanitarian

Monday, April 11th, 2011

(The Humanitarian Summit was going splendidly, until someone suggested a game of Pictionary.)

Trying to make the world a better place? This doesn’t necessarily make you a bleeding heart liberal. Just as volunteering and charity work aren’t always acts of altruism, humanitarian efforts and other noble causes can be undertaken with entirely selfish motivations. This is because of one simple truth:

When we better the world around us, we ourselves are better off.

Any steps you take that successfully improve the planet immediately provide you with the direct benefit of living in an incrementally superior world. So, get out there and help heal the earth and its people… do it for yourself!

World Peace is Coming! – Closer Every Day

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

With each passing day, we are getting closer to having world peace become a reality.  We’ve been progressing forward for centuries, and the past four decades have been especially fruitful.  We have more of the good things, and less of the bad things.  Don’t believe it?  Check out this graph:

Graph of our Progress

In this graph, we can see that the good things, like life expectancy, GDP, freedom and access to water are all on the increase.  This is great for our world.  As well, bad things like war deaths, extreme poverty, and illiteracy have consistently been on the decline, which is also some great news.

If we project forward based on present trends, the graph will look something like this:

Graph of projected progress

As we can see, within 20 years, war deaths and extreme poverty should be eliminated.  We’ve discussed the ties between poverty and war before, so it can be expected that as we see a decline in one, we see a corresponding decline in the other.

But, when we take into account the accelerating rate of progress and how each step towards a better world makes it easier to take the next step (thanks to the snowball effect), it isn’t unrealistic to expect an end to extreme poverty and war to arrive even sooner.  Fantastic news!!!

Source of graph