They say we're living in the most peaceful and wealthy period in human history, so why doesn't it feel like it? Simple: the news media. They know that "Here's Why We're All Gonna Die" is going to push more copies than "Here's Why We're Not Gonna Die". You can see the media's control of popular zeitgeists in many different ways. For example, televised high-speed chases were almost non-existent in the mainstream before O.J. Simpson's infamous low-speed chase in 1994. Afterwards, there were whole programming blocs dedicated to showing off the most intense, flashiest police chases, and the media would stop everything they did just to show us an ongoing chase.
It's a basic human instinct to worry about the bad. It's a basic biological instinct to worry about the bad, as it's tied to our survival. It's better to assume that the rustling you heard outside the tribe's camp was a voracious lion instead of a meek rodent.
So here's the thread to talk about positive developments in our world. Things that restore your faith in humanity, even a little. If not humanity, then in nature.
It can be anything noteworthy.
- Random acts of kindness
- Large-scale acts of humanity
- Bits of humanity within inhuman darkness
- Kindness towards animals
- Kindness from animals
- Restoring Earth
- Things that promote an improvement in the human/animal/plant condition
- Great breakthroughs towards eradicating poverty/disease/hunger
- Positive trends
- Anything else I missed, including something that affects yourself