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  •  I don't know how old you are, (5+ / 0-)

    but, when I feel this way, I always take a look at what things were like on the day I was born. Separate drinking fountains, billions dying of starvation, average global life expectancy decades shorter than today, no environmental controls, toxic lakes and rivers, homosexuality outlawed in many "democratic" nations, considered a mental illness in more "enlightened ones", and Joss Whedon wasn't even born yet.

    Then, if that isn't bad enough, I look back to when my father was born.

    As MLK noted, the arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice.

    (and, for pedantics, yes, I know he didn't coin the phrase).

    Always make new mistakes - Esther Dyson

    by RandomActsOfReason on Sun May 23, 2010 at 03:41:03 AM PDT

    •  Yet the day I was born (3+ / 0-)
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      TiaRachel, churchylafemme, blueoasis

      Carter was just running for his first election and things were looking up.

      The US has been going downhill since I was four.  Interestingly, the rest of the world has been getting a hell of a lot better over the same period.

      -5.63, -8.10. Learn about Duverger's Law.

      by neroden on Sun May 23, 2010 at 08:43:07 AM PDT

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      •  In 1977, life expectancy in the US was 73.3 (1+ / 0-)
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        Today, it is 77.8

        Black American males lived an average of just over 63 years. Today, they live to nearly 70.

        Today, for the first time in US history, we have passed near universal health care.

        World illiteracy rates have halved in the past 30 years.

        In Cambodia in 1977, average life expectancy was 30 years. Today, it is 61.6 years.

        In Nigeria, less than 43 years. Today, more than 46 years despite more than doubling the population.

        In Burkina Faso, it was 46.6 years. Today, 55.6 years.

        We have a long way to go, but we are making progress.

        Always make new mistakes - Esther Dyson

        by RandomActsOfReason on Sun May 23, 2010 at 12:28:37 PM PDT

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