22 JANUARY 2018 #41 THE WORLD IS GETTING BETTER

IS THE WORLD GETTING BETTER? The January 15 2018 issue of Time magazine, with “THE OPTIMISTS” on its cover, says yes! Bad news makes the headlines – hurricanes, wildfires, mass shootings, nuclear stand-offs, bloody civil wars in Syria and Yemen, the tragic persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar. But, argues Bill Gates (guest editor of this Time issue), these tragedies happen in the context of a bigger, positive trend. “On the whole,” says Gates, “the world is getting better.” One example: Since 1990, the number of children who die before their fifth birthday has been cut in half. “That means 122 million children have been saved in a quarter century, and countless families have been spared the heartbreak of losing … Read More