"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." -Socrates

Friday, January 14, 2011

Are Things Getting Worse?

Tsunamis, flooding, earthquakes, shootings, war, famine, oil spills, failing economies, and birds falling from the sky...dead! With numerous reports daily of natural and man-made disasters, it feels as though the world is coming to an end. It seems things just keep getting worse and worse. But are they?

For every time you get in the car, there is a chance of an accident. The more you drive, the more chances for the worst to occur. For every time you swim in the ocean, there's a chance of getting bit by a shark. The more you swim, the higher the chance. For every person born, there's a chance that person could grow up to be a serial killer. The greater number of people born, the more potential murderers we have. So are things getting worse? I would have to say so, but (for man-made tragedies) is it just because of more people?

But what about natural disasters? Are they getting worse? Information. In the age we live, information is more available than ever before. Is the world getting worse, or are we just becoming more informed?

These questions lead my thinking to what's known as "The Matthew Effect". This term is taken from The Bible- Matthew 25:29 "For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them." Could this apply to information? In other words, are things getting worse due to the negative we see on the news? Are we creating our own destiny by expecting the worst?

If this is the case, I can only assume things will get worse, exponentially. Could this be reversed by raising a new generation of people who see good, therefore are good? If we only saw the positive of the world, why would anyone expect negative to occur?

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