More children around the world are going to schools, learning, getting connected to the internet and going to university now more than ever before. The number of women opting for higher studies is more than men today. The rate of infant mortality has dropped in the last one year.
© UnsplashMy point?
We tend to focus on the bad in the world because, somehow that makes it easier for us to sit, complain, not contribute and yet, add to the pile of garbage in the world, without remorse or guilt. But, we forget that the good in the world is just as much, if not more.
Let us, for an instance, move beyond the fact that the President of America is a sexist, chauvinist, misinformed, undeserving candidate. Let us also move beyond the number of deaths, rapes and violence cases happening across the world. Let us also move beyond the various theories of apocalypse and dismaying fate of humanity that keep cropping up on us on a daily basis.
Let us look at one simple Ted Talk for about 20 to 30 minutes and gauge what Danny Dorling, a social geographer, has to say about the way the world is changing, through a series of maps. These aren’t your average maps; these maps don’t show you the amount of rainfall, the amount of population and the status of demography in the world. These maps show you how there is enough place for every individual on this Earth; there is enough food for every mouth on this Earth and there is enough water for every soul on this Earth. And that’s not all; there is enough light to shine bright enough in a way that it illuminates the entire planet and shows from outer space.
Moral of the talk: We need to stop concentrating on the negatives. We choose to see that which we want to. What this goes to show? That we’re a bunch of pessimistic, pig-headed people who don’t want to open our minds and see behind what is shown to us on a news channel, a television screen or a newspaper. The problem lies with us cynics who choose to see the darkness, instead of the candle that illuminates the path in the dark. This world is full of good; if only we choose to see and do more about it.