If you turn on the news or open a paper on any given day, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the world was on the brink of collapse. This has always been the way things are. The people producing news shows and writing articles know that disaster stories, and scary headlines sell far better than anything even remotely positive. But the truth is that there’s actually a whole lot more to be positive about than many people would have you believe. Sure, there are always going to be things in life that aren’t perfect, and many things about the world are downright horrible, but that doesn’t mean that we should ignore all of the amazing things that are happening in the world every single day. In order to bring a little bit of positivity to the world, here are five reasons why things aren’t as doom and gloom as they might seem!
Science is saving lives
There are a lot of people who feel a little uncomfortable with science because it sometimes seems like we’re messing around with things that we really shouldn’t be. After all, science did create the atom bomb. Then again, science is also developing new ways to save more and more lives every single day. From more accurate testing methods to amazing new discoveries like the b cell maturation antigen which, despite having a name that sounds like it was pulled straight from a piece of science fiction, has the potential as an amazing treatment for tumors. Sure, we’re not at the stage where cancer and the common cold are nothing but a distant memory, but science is constantly pushing towards that day, and saving millions of lives in the process.
Technology is making life easier
Can you imagine if we all suddenly had to reset to living the way that people did a hundred years ago? How about two hundred years? As much as a lot of people rail against the dominance of technology in the modern world, it’s making all of our lives far easier. Think about how much worse your life would be without central heating or electricity in your home. Not only that but new technological developments are making life far easier for those who need it most, like people with disabilities. Now, thanks to things like voice-controlled computers and smart homes, people with disabilities are able to be far more independent than ever before. Sure, technology can sometimes feel as though it’s taking over, but in reality, it’s making everyone’s lives easier, especially those who need it most.
More voices are being heard
For a long time, if you wanted to get your voice heard, whether it’s in politics, art, or anything else, you had to go through the approved channels. You had to put up with gatekeepers dictating whether or not what you had to say was worth hearing. Because of that, many minorities simply weren’t given a chance to have their voices heard. Non-white people, members of the LGBT community, and every other group that wasn’t considered important enough to be heard had to put up with being silenced and ignored. Well, thanks to the internet that simply isn’t the case anymore. Sites like Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook allow people to spread their thoughts and their message directly to the world without having to worry about gatekeepers in their way. People from marginalized backgrounds are now in a position to tell their stories in a way that they have never been able to before.
It’s never been easier to communicate with each other
We’ve all seen those newspaper cartoons of people glued to their phones or ignoring each other because they’re staring at a screen. But here’s the thing that those images don’t show: they don’t show what someone is looking at. You might see someone staring at their phone and assume they’re being antisocial. However, they might be checking in with an old friend, talking to their parents about something that happened in their life recently, or answering an email that could lead to a great job opportunity. The reality is that, far from driving us apart, things like social media, smartphones, and the internet are bringing us together in a way that was never even possible before. You can now connect with friends and family in an instant from the other side of the planet. So the next time you see someone on their phone, instead of judging them, think about the fact that they might well be making a genuine connection.
Learning has never been so simple
One of the biggest issues in the world for a very long time has been access to education. Not only the fact that not everyone has access to schools but the fact that not everyone responds to the same kinds of teaching. However, in the modern era, it’s never been easier to access education at any level no matter who you are. If you’ve got an internet connection, then there are Youtube channels that teach everything from History to car maintenance. Learning new skills used to be something that wasn’t necessarily available to everyone but all that has changed now. These days, if there’s something you want to learn about, all you have to do is reach into your pocket, and you’ve got all the resources you could possibly need right at your fingertips. Sure, not everyone is going to be good at everything, but at least now everyone has the chance to try and follow something that might potentially become a genuine passion for them.
Now, this doesn’t mean that you should ignore the difficult things in life. On the contrary, we should all be working hard to fight injustice and help to make the world a better place for everyone. But trying to take all of the world’s troubles on your shoulders by yourself is just going to leave you feeling stressed, exhausted and miserable. Don’t forget to take a moment every once in awhile to appreciate all of the amazing things that are constantly happening all over the world.