Dan Fagan: There's no better time to be alive than the present despite news headlines, 'we are doomed' mentality

Monday, 13 November 2017, 11:01:06 AM. Have you noticed all the bad news out there lately? Like the robbery and shooting of a man found behind a Baton Rouge Health Club last month? Police arrested two
Have you noticed all the bad news out there lately? Like the robbery and shooting of a man found behind a Baton Rouge Health Club last month? Police arrested two teenagers, 17 and 18. Or the story of girl, only 12, lifting her skirt, revealing a gun to a woman in the Bywater in New Orleans last month? With the help of another girl, only 16, they both carjacked the woman. Or what about when two boys, ages 14 and 17, shot and killed another teen, only 18, outside a sweet-16 party in Kenner last weekend? The parents hired an off-duty Kenner cop for security fearing their daughter’s sweet-16 party could bring trouble. It did. One cop wasn’t enough. And then there’s the horrific church shooting in Texas or the Las Vegas mass killing or the opioid crisis or our nation’s $20 trillion dollar debt or Donald Trump’s unpresidential tweets. I could go on and on. Thanks to technology, we are enveloped with depressing news. Our phones, computers, radios and TVs constantly and continuously rub our faces in it. But the truth is, there has never been a better time in history to be alive than today. Oxford economist Max Roser reports that in 1820, 94 percent of the world lived in poverty. Now, it’s 10 percent. MIT economist Maxim Pinkovskiy reports that 80 percent of the world’s worst poverty has been eradicated in the past 30 years, mostly as a result of the fall of the Soviet Union and the spread of capitalism. Buy Now In this Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 photo, President Donald Trump speaks...Read more
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