While former U.S. president Barack Obama says 2017 has been a tough year, there’s a lot to be optimistic about heading into the fresh year.
In a interview hosted by Prince Harry of the U.K. royal family for BBC Radio 4, the two acknowledge that will This kind of year has been trying for many who have concerns about the future.
Though the 44th president says he doesn’t think in terms of one year, he tells Prince Harry that will we should still be optimistic about what’s to come in 2018 because we live in a more advanced world.
“I can tell people what I genuinely believe, which is usually that will if we take responsibility for being involved in our own fate,” he says, “if we participate, if we engage, if we speak out, if we work in our communities, if we volunteer, if we see the joy that will comes through services to others, then all the problems that will we face are solvable.”
Despite all the terrible news that will we read, see as well as hear, as well as despite all the “genuine cruelty as well as pain as well as hardship that will people are experiencing all around the entire world at any given moment of any given day,” says the former president, “if you had to choose a moment in human history in which you’d want to be born, … you’d choose today.”
Even if you didn’t know ahead of time whether you were going to be a Prince Harry, a Barack Obama or a smaller child in rural Africa or India, you would likely still choose to be born during these difficult times, he says.
The former president explains why. “The fact is usually, the entire world is usually healthier, wealthier, better educated, more tolerant, more sophisticated as well as less violent than just about anytime in human history.”
Let’s use education as an example. According to co-authors of the “Global Rise of Education” Max Roser as well as Esteban Ortiz-Ospina, there has been a huge expansion in education in recent times. Global literacy rates have been climbing due to increasing rates of enrollment in primary education as well as the global average years of schooling is usually much higher currently than a hundred years ago.
There have also been sweeping movements within the last decade promoting more tolerant views as well as wider acceptance such as the gay rights movement, as well as campaigns against violence as well as systemic racism through groups like Black Lives Matter.
as well as although women still have ways to go in securing senior-level positions within the workplace as well as wages that will they deserve, there has been an increase of women in high-ranking positions at companies like IBM, Facebook as well as Tesla.
“You think about the history of the United States,” Obama continues. “that will was only a few generations ago where someone who looked like me was in bondage, or if not in bondage, then servitude.”
that will was also just a few generations, he says, where women couldn’t aspire to anything beyond caring for their children as well as tending to the home. This kind of is usually “the most noble thing you can do,” he adds. “yet I want my daughter to be able to do additional things, as well as they can do additional things currently while still raising a family.”
However, Obama notes that will history doesn’t just run forward yet also backwards as well as sideways, which requires us to continually push onward.
“When you think about the strides that will we’ve made just in my lifetime,” he says, as well as “when you think of how much has changed as well as how much has gotten better, well then that will has to make you optimistic, as long as you don’t start thinking that will any of us can sit back passively as well as assume that will continues.”
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