''Former US President Barack Obama famously stated during the election season of 2016 that, “The greatest time to be alive would be now.” Given the current gloom and doom on everything from the economy and the fractured political environment, to corruption and violence against women, it would seem anything but. However, by almost every measure of human progress — income, literacy, life expectancy, people in extreme poverty — the world is a better place. The answer to whether the world is making broad-based progress, is no longer the domain of opinion but of facts based on immense evidence. And the answer is a resounding yes.
Two recent books, Factfulness by the late Hans Rosling, a brilliant Swedish statistician and Enlightenment Now, by Steven Pinker, the celebrated Harvard cognitive psychologist, make the case that the world has made tremendous progress when you look at the indicators that track income, health, wealth and violence. Extreme poverty in the world has more than halved in the past 30 years, average world life expectancy has increased from 52 years to 72 years in less than half a decade, the average income level too has tripled since 1960 and the world is currently witnessing its most peaceful era in its long history marked by the absence of any major war in the last 75 years.''
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