The world is less gloomy than most of us realize
Long, slow, positive trends don’t make it to the front page or to water-cooler conversations. So we develop peculiar misperceptions, especially the idea that a preponderance of things are going wrong.
Yet, the world has become much better, according to many important indicators. We have continued to see meaningful reductions in infant mortality and malnutrition, and there have been massive strides toward eradication of polio, measles, malaria, and illiteracy.
Read Bjorn Lomborg's new column for Project Syndicate in six languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including The Australian, The Mail & Guardian (South Africa), Clarin (Argentina), New Times (Rwanda), The Daily Star (Lebanon), New Vision (Uganda), My Republica (Nepal), La Nacion (Costa Rica), Arab News (Saudi Arabia), Tageblatt (Luxembourg), Vecer (Slovenia), Jornal de Negocios (Portugal) and Finmag (Czech Republic).