Wow, thank you, Ms. LaFramboise! Yes, we humans are improving. As CS Lewis said, “You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve. And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth.” (Prince Caspian)

We have a long way to go, but no one can deny we are continuing. Freedom is not only what drives it, it is what makes it all worthwhile. Further, as Gandhi said, “Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”

Thanks for the videos. Hans Rosling is a name I will keep in mind.

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Far fewer human beings perish before their fifth birthday than ever before. More of us live longer. This is worth celebrating.

No, things aren’t going to hell in a handbasket. Despite all the fear mongering out there, all the declarations that the poor just get poorer while the rich get richer, the past several decades have been unprecedented in human history.

More of us than ever before now have a chance at rich lives – lives that don’t involve endless backbreaking toil, lives in which our children don’t die before reaching their fifth birthday.

Here’s a new, 3-minute video by Swedish professor Hans Rosling, telling the child mortality success story:


And here’s that 4-minute classic about the magnificent rise in living standards around the world over the past 200 years:


As the UK publication Spiked is in the habit of declaring: Humanity is underrated.

So, one might…

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