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The world gets better

January 1, 2015

The news always will be full of war, vicious crimes, deadly accidents, and other human tragedy. The new year is a good time to remind yourself of the statistical trends. The world is becoming more democratic and less violent. People are getting wealthier and healthier.

Past trends are no guarantee of future performance. Still, the trend is good. Remember that when next you hear someone preach the imminent apocalypse or that the next generation is sunk. Those are old, old themes.

And when it seems every civic official is riding a political horse rather than acting in the best interest of the community they represent, remember Nashville police chief Steve Anderson, who met protesters with coffee and hot chocolate.

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