This is maybe the best graph to prove my point that the world is getting a better place. People who are used to following negative reports of the mass media about the state of the world will probably have a hard time believing this…but it is true. Contrary to the impression one might get when seeing ads on TV or in the newspaper about charity organisations asking for donations, poverty is actually declining. Now don’t get me wrong, there is still a lot going wrong and donations are needed to help people, but when I look at ads where you see a half starved child that is plagued with disease I get the impression that nothing has changed in the 20 years since I first remember seeing such an advertisement….and I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks that way! However, Unlike many people I do know the other side of the coin, because I don’t let myself be influenced by the negative conditioning and sensationalism of mass media.
Where charitable organisations – or any organisation for that matter – fail, is not showing how much progress they have made, thereby leaving a feeling of futility. I think many people ask themselves whether they should still donate since nothing has changed in all that time, making it feel like a hopeless endeavour, which it is not!
Let’s get back to the graph above:
In 1990, about 37% of global population had less than $1.25 (PPP) a day at their disposal. That’s roughly 1.9 billion people. In 2012 that number had dropped to about 15 % and is now – according to estimates – at around 12% or ~900 million people.
Let me say that again!…. There are now 1,000,000,000 less people living in extreme poverty than 25 years ago!!! If that doesn’t cheer you up I don’t know what will.
Think about this, go to bed and have nice dreams!