A Lot of Good Things Are Happening but Not According to the News

News media is in the amygdala business. The amygdala is our fear center.

Turn on the news. What are they usually talking about? Death, terrorism, financial markets in turmoil. Anything and everything that stimulates your amygdala and fires up your fear response.

Regular news media viewers fall prey to the Mean World Syndrome. They believe the world is worse off than it really is. A #ProTip to a certain President who watches a lot of cable news.

The world and humanity are a lot better off than the average person thinks.

The bad news dominates the headlines. You have to pay close attention to notice when good news sneaks in. Like this piece of great news that Barry Ritholtz noticed.

More than one-third of the adult population in the United States has a bachelor’s degree or higher marking the first time in decades of data.

“The percentage rose to 33.4 percent in 2016, a significant milestone since the Current Population Survey began collecting educational attainment in 1940,” said Kurt Bauman, Chief of the Education and Social Stratification Branch. “In 1940, only 4.6 percent had reached that level of education.”

Click image to enlarge. From the Census via The Big Picture.

Where to Find Good News

Or you have to find it in alternative media.

Peter Diamandis, author of Abundance, and Dan Sullivan got together on the Podcast Exponential Wisdom to highlight all the important positive trends going on in the world today.

For example, robots and automation reducing the need for child labor. It allows kids to have more time to get an education. Educated kids lead to educated adults who have more educated kids. The economy benefits immensely. Especially, when you allow girls to get an education.

Besides economic gains, more educated people in the world produces a cognitive surplus. As Peter Diamandis states, it only takes one person to come up with a cure for cancer for the entire world to benefit.

There is a lot of good happening in the world but you wouldn’t know from the news. Turn off the TV. Stop reading the newspaper. If the news is important enough, it will reach you.

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