|Somebody shared this John Stossel thing on Facebook recently, about how life is better now than it used to be. I have a hard time understanding this point of view.
Like, I get it: Things are better now than they've ever been. Measurably, statistically, actually better. And that's awesome. So I get that angle.
But I can't help but feel like this line of reasoning is intentionally downplaying the other side of the story, where people don't make enough money to afford housing expenses or who'll go into unmanageable debt due to routine medical issues. Yes, the world is a better place than it was 100 years ago. But can we at least acknowledge that things aren't perfect yet? And I know the response I'd get from people who subscribe to this worldview: We're not downplaying people's current problems; we're just trying to focus on the positive. I know they think that, but it doesn't come across that way. Telling a person with $100 in their savings account "Hey, things used to be much worse" literally doesn't help anything. It provides zero benefit. It reminds me of that Tweet about Black Lives Matter, "#AllLivesMatter is like I go to the Dr for a broken arm and he says "All Bones Matter" ok but right now let's take care of this broken one". It further reminds me of something I heard in a church sermon many years ago: It's not always a good idea to say something simply because it's true; it helps if it's also necessary.