I like to read websites and magazines that forecast gloom and doom. I would like to know what dark possibilities are there in our future. I just read them. I don’t treat them like gospel because for some the element of fear makes their websites or publications popular. And we shouldn’t live in fear…
Last week I happened to watch a video titled “Don’t Panic, The Truth about Population”. It was a video by Professor Hans Rosling, a statistician and a medical doctor. He gave a very enlightening presentation about how we should look at our future.
Quick Question: How many people in world are literate? 30%? 50% 60%
Most people surveyed gave very low percentages, even college students that were considered intellectuals.
So, what is it?
Wait for it…..
How about 80%?
Surprising, huh? The best thing is that this video is based on facts which the professor and his assistants thoroughly researched. He even has a graph and “bubbles” which represented countries to show that statistics can be an interesting subject if presented with zeal.
Another concern of a lot of popular personalities is overpopulation. Are we getting overpopulated? The truth is with seven billion people in the planet all can fit in the state of Texas with 1,000 square feet each of space. This wasn’t in the video but I thought I’d bring it up.
The fact is most families today are opting for two or fewer children. Gone are the days when families in “underdeveloped” countries have six or more families. Yes, there are still poor countries whose families give birth to six or more but family planning is slowly but surely getting adopted by the local population.
He’s projecting that we’ll reach about 11 billion peak population, but after that we will see a decline because of a new mindset about having smaller families.
Another thing that was discussed was life spans. It seems that people are living longer today than 50 years ago in many countries. The average income for most of the countries that are not considered “first world” have been increasing also.
Yes, we live long and prosper nowadays.
So that is something to take into consideration. So even with a bad economy, high unemployment, wars and revolts, price of goods skyrocketing – the population in the whole world as a whole are steadily experiencing progress in all fronts.
There are still widespread myths that the rest of the world (other than the wealthy countries) lives miserable existence and that the poor countries are getting poorer. But statistics (and real facts) contradict that.
Yes, there’s a brighter future ahead of us, so enjoy life and don’t be miserable.