Hearing Donald Trump blather on in a 24 hour repeating loop can be depressing, but don’t let it distract you. Far more important things are happening in the world beyond politics and they are fantastically hopeful. This is an amazing time to be alive and things keep getting better. Here are a few examples:
Engineers at Blue Origin have managed to land a rocket successfully.
Solar energy is hitting its tech-efficiency curve. Costs are plummeting, approaching parity with coal on utility scales.
Adjusted for inflation, gas prices haven’t been this low since the 60’s – and still clean energy is booming. Despite cheap fuel, the electric car business continues to experience spectacular sales growth and enormous new R&D investment.
Marijuana has been legal in Colorado for almost three years. Still waiting on the negative impacts. None are evident.
Contrary to popular belief, violent crime in the US has declined to a 40-year low and continues to taper off.
Fewer police officers died in the past few years than in any similar period in our history. Officer deaths are approaching new lows not seen for a century. We are becoming a remarkably mature and orderly society, with an urban life that has never been cleaner, safer, or more prosperous.
Abortion rates have dropped to their lowest level since the procedure was made universally legal. Increased access to contraception, improved sex education, and plummeting rates of teen pregnancy together fed the decline.
In a closely related dynamic, global birth rates are declining rapidly.
Development of Crispr-Cas9 has made human gene editing a practical medical treatment.
Next year engineers will be deploying the first major test of the “ocean cleanup array,” a cheap simple approach to removing garbage from the ocean’s gyres.
Nevermind the hot air, unless a Republican candidate in the US breaks sharply with the current racist tone of the party’s policies and rhetoric, the GOP nominee has no credible path to the White House in 2016 or beyond. The math just doesn’t work.
We are wired to see problems and keen to pick up bad news. Meanwhile the world keeps getting radically better at rates that would have been hard to believe just a lifetime ago. Chin up, this is a great time to be alive.