It's always good to connect and keep you informed of things we think might be of interest.
How are you feeling these days? Lots of us are still staying in and trying to avoid the COVID virus. Some have returned to work and school but some of us have lost both of those for the time being. All of us are doing the best we can in these challenging times.
Many of us are feeling overwhelmed by current events - local, national, and global. I know some of us have just decided to tune out when faced by misinformation, disinformation, and general discontent in our daily news feed. And that's probably not a bad idea sometimes. We can use that time to stay closer to God, gain a wider viewpoint, and possibly find some way to lend a hand to someone else right where we are.
At TruthBook we want to help you stay positive. In September we will be featuring a TED talk by Steven Pinker, author of: Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. His inspiring video is called: Is the world getter better or worse? A look at the numbers. What he has to say in this short video is reason to give us all hope. Here's the blurb that accompanies the video. While the year of its creation was 2017, I think we can safely insert 2020 instead and the meaning is still true:
"Was 2017 really the 'worst year ever,' as some would have us believe? In his analysis of recent data on homicide, war, poverty, pollution and more, psychologist Steven Pinker finds that we're doing better now in every one of them when compared with 30 years ago. But progress isn't inevitable, and it doesn't mean everything gets better for everyone all the time, Pinker says. Instead, progress is problem-solving, and we should look at things like climate change and nuclear war as problems to be solved, not apocalypses in waiting. 'We will never have a perfect world, and it would be dangerous to seek one,' he says. 'But there's no limit to the betterments we can attain if we continue to apply knowledge to enhance human flourishing.' "
This video will be featued on our Urantia Book page in September, but you can access it now by clicking HERE.
Steven Pinker is not alone in his optimism. HERE is an article by Dylan Matthews that provides 23 charts and maps that show the world is getting much, much better. Matthews states: "...the world is getting much, much better on a variety of important, underappreciated dimensions." Check it out for yourself and breathe a little easier!
Between the two of these presentations, we can see more clearly the gradual progress of our world. It's not perfect, but it is perfecting over time. Progress is the watchword of the universe!
And while we're thinking about whether the world is getting better or worse, you might want to visit our topical study on Ultimate Goodness HERE, a collection of Urantia Book teachings that present the positive view of ultimate good, and why we can rejoice in it, despite all appearances to the contrary. The study is packed full of wisdom, beauty and truth, as well as practical advice for getting the most out of life, even when the odds seem against us; advice like this, from Jesus:
"Have faith—confidence in the eventual triumph of divine justice and eternal goodness." (140:8.8)
Thanks for being part of TruthBook. We take great pleasure in being part of your spiritual lives through our sharing of the teachings of The Urantia Book. There is nothing more hopeful than our beloved revelation!