The world has been getting better, practically every year, for several dozen, if not hundreds of years.
This isn't news to me, but more of conformation of reality.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
That being said I'm hopeful, but I watch with bated breath. I think China has deeper and more frightening economic structural problems than India but is obviously much further along the road to mass development and HDI improvements, while India has fantastically deep problems with governance that have inhibited development but I don't see anything as scary or critical like China's property and construction bubble and its need for a flat high annual growth rate to ward of discontent.
“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”. – J Robert Oppenheimer.
Glad to hear it.
2012 for me personally has sucked hind teat... I'm looking forward to 2013.
Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice....shame on me.