Scorecard for Planet Earth

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What’s good about this world? 

 

We’re not looking for miracles or final results. We’re looking for improvement.  Let’s not look at the world we don’t have now but look more at the far and recent past where almost nothing was possible, available, accessible, and the like. Our list does not include everyone everywhere.  Progress is not constant nor uniform.  In some places, forward steps come in leaps while in others backward steps seem the rule. 

 

With all we hear daily of riots here, wars there, violence in the streets, intrigue in the palace, assassinations,  subversions, perversions, and all others, we take a pause and consider what we have is far, far beyond the situations of almost all only a century or two ago.   

 

 We now live in a world where not all but most people---

  1. Have some civil rights.
  2. Have basic schooling.
  3. Have machines to make life easier.
  4. Have food produced by an agricultural bounty.
  5. Have some rights to practice a religion of choice.
  6. Are neither slaves nor indentured.
  7. Can vote.
  8. Can seek desirable employment or self-employment.
  9. Can gravitate toward a better life.
  10. Can live in peace.
  11. Can read to better understand life.
  12. Can travel, explore, and select a personal lifestyle.
  13. Enjoy clean air, water, and sanitation.
  14. Know torture is not a lever of compliance.

 

It is remarkable that some decline these gains in favor of a Utopian conquest. It is remarkable that some see only faults and depressing conditions.  This is not an appeal to globalism which has its own entire set of unexpected and unintended consequences, nor simplistic policies of open borders, one government for all, pure capitalistic measures, or rule by the barrel of a gun – all being projections of complexity toward simplicity, even naivety.

 

 

What is important is to keep a scorecard transcending your lifetime, both before and beyond.

Comments

Autumn Cote Added Dec 3, 2018 - 2:31pm
Please note, this article would be a lot easier to read if you added some white space between paragraphs.  Are you aware you can edit any previously submitted article?  As always, many thanks for your participation with Writer Beat!
Dino Manalis Added Dec 3, 2018 - 2:43pm
 God Bless and hope for the best!
Thomas Sutrina Added Dec 4, 2018 - 8:25am
Don Allen, REALLY so China the most populous nation in the world.  Please explain how it meets your list, and I want you to discuss this event.
 
"The death toll from the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre was at least 10,000 people, killed by a Chinese army unit whose troops were likened to “primitives”, a secret British diplomatic cable alleged.
The newly declassified document, written little more than 24 hours after the massacre, gives a much higher death toll than the most commonly used estimates which only go up to about 3,000.

It also provides horrific detail of the massacre, alleging that wounded female students were bayoneted as they begged for their lives, human remains were “hosed down the drains”, and a mother was shot as she tried to go to the aid of her injured three-year-old daughter."
 
http://strangesounds.org/2017/12/at-least-10000-people-died-in-tiananmen-square-massacre-secretdocuments.
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https://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/asia/item/27842-declassified-cable-death-toll-at-tiananmen-square-was-at-least-10-000?tmpl=component&print=1
Steel Breeze Added Dec 4, 2018 - 8:33am
things in pretty much every category are vastly improved today.....unless you are a slave to the idiot box where DOOM and GLOOM prevails....
Don Allen Added Dec 4, 2018 - 8:46am
Thomas, Of course Tiananmen provides a horrific example.  Yet, consider just for a moment the even more horrific past of China, where life had no  meaning, sanctity, value, or anything.  It was a country of no education, total nepotism, rule from a "Forbidden City," and slaughter of countless millions for deviations from accepted behavior.  Now most Chinese have most of the fourteen points above.  Most are educated, have medical care, can move up (lots of millionaires in China), even worship, travel, and with no overt slavery.  China  allows the development of athletes, musicians, engineers, and all forms of development.   My gosh, they produce ten times the engineers as the USA each and every year.  Siemens, the electricians of Germany, go to China for product development. 
 
It may be shortsighted to cite this terrible example.  Consider there would have been no massacre two centuries ago because the fear of the people was too great for even an assembly of so many. China is rather unfortunate because it still lives under the tyranny of its own history - which by any measure did not allow almost none of the fourteen.  "You've come a long way, baby." we could say to China.
goldminor Added Dec 4, 2018 - 8:48am
Nice counter to the alarmists who scream Doom on every corner.
opher goodwin Added Dec 4, 2018 - 12:17pm
Nice one Don. It is good to look at what we have. Great strides have been made.
I look forward to many more.
Don Allen Added Dec 4, 2018 - 1:30pm
opher,  10_Q
Thomas Sutrina Added Dec 4, 2018 - 2:18pm
Don Allen do the people that died in 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and their relatives  even care, "Now most Chinese have most of the fourteen points above."   We and you have no idea what loss of free thought is now occurring.  That example has mentally effected the whole population so that your list is meaningless. Without freedom they are slaves and their lives are under the whim of the government to be taken at any time to be told to do what the government wants at any time. 
 
And China is only the biggest example of tyranny that still exist.  Islam is still a religion that allows slaves.  You can add those people on the China side of the equation.  We have a dozen or more communist or tyrantical socialist nation that also are in the China's column. 
 
 
You wanted to write a feel good article.  But it is a lie. 
Don Allen Added Dec 4, 2018 - 5:04pm
Thomas,  This is a classic problem of incompatible scales.  You wish to equate the condition of all humanity to events involving persons.  I wish to simply discuss the conditions of humanity without specific applications.  There will always be individuals and groups that suffer unbearably and unjustly, while all of humanity improves.  
 
The classic example is given in the form of an analogy.  I can know every single thing about the molecule H2O, but not an iota about the fluid properties of water.  And vice-versa.   Change the scale and you change the problem(s). 
Johnny Fever Added Dec 5, 2018 - 3:24pm
Who still seeks utopian conquest?
 
People don’t decline those gains, people simply don’t have as optimistic and rosy view of how things worked out over the years.  I think it’s more about nostalgia for the past, versus dealing with the very real problems of the present.  In other words, we tend to remember things more fondly than they actually were. 
Neil Lock Added Dec 5, 2018 - 4:26pm
I think the incessant drumbeats of "it's worse than we thought" are caused by the ruling class and their media sycophants having lost their reason.
Ward Tipton Added Dec 6, 2018 - 1:32am
"
 We now live in a world where not all but most people---

Have some civil rights.
Have basic schooling.
Have machines to make life easier.
Have food produced by an agricultural bounty.
Have some rights to practice a religion of choice.
Are neither slaves nor indentured.
Can vote.
Can seek desirable employment or self-employment.
Can gravitate toward a better life.
Can live in peace.
Can read to better understand life.
Can travel, explore, and select a personal lifestyle.
Enjoy clean air, water, and sanitation.
Know torture is not a lever of compliance."

I am guessing you do not travel much? West Africa? The African plains? SE Asia? N. Korea? India? (Can't touch a male from a lower caste but you can rape those women) The Middle East ... ach. And the list goes on. 
Don Allen Added Dec 6, 2018 - 7:27am
Ward.  Yes there are still bad places on earth.  Thanks  so much for this info.
opher goodwin Added Dec 6, 2018 - 1:24pm
Ward - yes there is still much needs doing. But it is getting better (apart from some patches).