Hey, how about some good news for a change?
Here it is:
Yes, this is part of a long term trend that is seeing a better life spread to more of the world's people in terms of access to clean water, abundance of food, availability of affordable goods such as clothing, availability of modern medicine, especially vaccines, improved sanitation, access to technology and communications and so on. In addition, recent developments in technology both save energy and make more cheap energy available world wide.Why 2012 was the best year ever » The Spectator
2012 has been a spectacular year in terms of net global prosperity, accompanied by less hunger, less disease, and less war than ever before.
...Take global poverty. In 1990, the UN announced Millennium Development Goals, the first of which was to halve the number of people in extreme poverty by 2015. It emerged this year that the target was met in 2008.
The West may be in the economic doldrums, but the rest of the world is charging ahead. Believe it or not we are living in a golden age.