Quite frankly, I get tired of hearing about how terrible my generation is. I want to bash my head with a brick every time someone says something about the increasingly depraved state of the world.
We are actually much closer to a utopia than ever before in the history of the human race.
Don’t get me wrong.
The world is still a violent place, but we are much less likely to die at the hands of another human being than any time prior to this.
I was recently listening to National Public Radio, as I do every day, when I heard this claim, and I could not believe it.
This would go against everything I was taught about the state of our human existence.
After slapping a shocked look off of my face, I continued listening and researching, and I’m happy with what
Joshua Goldstein, professor emeritus of international relations at American University, was speaking about “Talk of the Nation” that particular day on his book, “Winning the War on War.”
He claimed the 1990s brought about double the amount of violence seen today.
He, along with Steven Pinker, a
professor of psychology at Harvard University with his own book on the decline of violence, pointed out that the rate of violence in Europe has plummeted in recent times.
Even Africa has seen a decrease in regional conflict.
Simply said, we have a much smaller chance of being killed by people than those that lived in prehistoric times, biblical times, the Middle Ages or the 20th century.
It doesn’t stop with just death.
Smaller instances of violence, such as bullying, are at all-time lows and the advancement of technology and science, specifically where medicine is involved, is causing humanity to live longer and more comfortably than ever before.
Equality for all is on the rise. Things are actually getting better.
Even here in the United States, things are better than they have been in a very long time.
Last year, Gary LaFree, a criminology professor at the University of Maryland, told NBC this country is experiencing the lowest crime levels since the end of World War II.
The FBI’s database supports this, which probably sends a shock through many conservative Americans, who are still holding onto the idealistic vision of 1950s suburbia as a utopic America, where all was smiles and every door was left unlocked.
So, even though it is commonly spouted, especially in places like ORU, that the world, especially the United States, is going to hell in a hand basket at a much quicker rate than ever before, it’s safe to say that this isn’t the case.
We need to quit embracing the emotionally-charged argument that our planet is in the worst place it’s ever been, because, statistically speaking, the opposite seems to be true.
Our generation isn’t so bad after all.