You Might Not Read This Because It Says the World Is Getting Better
By Joe Jarvis - February 19, 2018

I’m not judging, I do the same thing. Being attracted to negative news is ingrained into the psyche.

Biologically speaking, it is a trait that makes you aware of danger, and therefore more likely to avoid it. But in the modern world, the negative headlines don’t help us avoid danger.

In fact, the depressing news drags us into the biggest danger in the modern world.

Listening to the “everything sucks” headlines and articles does one of two things:

1. It leads to stagnancy and inaction by selling a victim mentality or a why even bother philosophy. It leads people to believe that things are out of their control, and there is really no point in trying. Why bother when whatever elite group will continue to oppress whatever minority I am part of? Why bother when it is rigged against me?

2. The other thing the negative worldviews leads to is the type of action the most dangerous people in society actually want us to take. It is like mob violence and groupthink when people are whipped into a frenzy. People behave emotionally, and whoever triggers this behavior counts on that. It basically invites the fox to guard the henhouse. People unwittingly beg the government or the corporations to control them.

That is why the core guide that The Daily Bell gives free to every subscriber is all about the power the individual has to live as free a life as you choose.

Yes, sometimes we deliver some bad news or warn of dangers on the horizon. But at the core, we always try to get across that the individual is not helpless, and that no one has to choose to be a victim. As long as you act rationally, your life can be as good as you make it.

The Biggest Danger in the Modern World

So the biggest danger in the modern world is not anything the headlines warn against. It is allowing negativity to control you. It is focusing your state of mind on fear instead of opportunity. The danger is playing defense rather than being on the offense.

You get good at what you practice. If every day you practice being pissed off and pessimistic, you are going to get really good at it!

That is why it is so important to ground yourself in the truth of the matter. The world is a wonderful place, full of opportunity, and it is only getting better. So here are the facts to keep in mind every time the media, politicians, and your peers start dragging you into the pit of despair.

The Power to Create

On average 130,000 thousand have been lifted out of poverty every single day since 1990. But the media would rather report that five losers are carrying racist signs.

Wealth can be created. There is not some pie out there that everyone has to grab at and when it’s gone it’s gone. The easiest way to teach your kids that they can create wealth is to grow a garden. Their labor turns into produce.

But everywhere you turn there is evidence that economics is not a zero-sum game. As the world population ballooned over the last 200 years, the percentage of people living in absolute poverty dropped like a rock.

A tiny elite, less than 6% of the world population, had a decent standard of living in 1820. 94% of the global population lived in extreme poverty.

Less than 10% of Earth’s population live in extreme poverty today. During the same period, the population went from 1 to 7 billion.

In a world without economic growth, such an increase in the population would have resulted in less and less income for everyone; A 7-fold increase in the world population would have been enough to drive everyone into extreme poverty. Yet, the exact opposite happened. In a time of unprecedented population growth our world managed to give more prosperity to more people and to continuously lift more people out of poverty…

The ingenuity of those that built the technology that increased productivity – the car, the machinery, and communication technology – made some of them very rich and at the same time it increased the productivity and the incomes of others.

And they didn’t even have to have positive motives!

Wealth grows and everyone benefits. Apple gets rich beyond comprehension, and anyone with that device can run a business from the palm of their hand. Their technology makes creating wealth easy!

No vying for what limited power, resources, and wealth exist. You can create it! And the best way to create wealth is by serving the needs of others. Give them what they want and need.

Economic Opportunity is Born

Economics also gave us better health. Better housing, sanitation, and diverse diets meant more resilience to disease. Some people got rich harvesting, building, and shipping these products and supplies around the world. And everyone benefited.

As the printing press spread, people also had enough extra wealth to spend some leisure time educating themselves and their kids. People who used to be peasants could now become educated.

The literacy rate went from 12% to 85% worldwide since 1800. A more educated population only intensified the charge towards advanced culture, a higher standard of living, better products, more inventions, and so on.

Just a hundred years ago, only about 2 out of every 3 babies survived to age five. Now 95% of babies born worldwide survive their first five years of life.

Freedom Breeds Prosperity

We love freedom here at The Daily Bell. We always fight for more freedom, precisely because that is what allows people to create wealth by best serving their fellow humans.

We warn about threats to liberty, but we also recognize that we are living in a pretty free world today.

Again, check out our free guide on building a two-year plan to take back the freedoms you feel are missing in your life. It explains that even though it seems like the government is tightening their grip, many of their rules are not enforceable.

They can make examples out of people, but they depend on widespread compliance.

If you take a snippet of history since September 2001, yes Americans are losing a lot of rights.

But the rule of law has been upheld by an explosion of information. With ever-increasing transparency backlash against corrupt leaders is growing.

The internet, peer to peer systems, the beginnings of competition in currency, easy travel, and so on are making the government ever less relevant. Voluntary social and economic systems are more effective and less corrupt in greasing the machinery of a civilized world.

One indicator of increasing freedom is the decentralization of nations. The smaller governments get the easier they are to hold in check, and the more they can innovate with governing style.

So when big empires like the Soviet Union break down into many independent nations, this represents an increase in freedom.

In the last 200 years, the Earth consisted of the fewest nations between 1915 and 1945. It is no coincidence that this time period hosted two world wars and the slaughter of tens of millions of innocents.

The Armenian genocide under the Ottoman Empire, orchestrated famines and mass murder under Stalin, and the Holocaust were all carried out by totalitarian regimes which took away individual freedoms.

Later China murdered tens of millions of its own citizens under Mao. Unfortuley China is still in one piece, but even they saw prosperity grow as economic freedom increased.

The real proof is how individual freedom flourished with the break up of the Soviet Union. Estonia is my favorite example, but not the only one. The contrast between East and West Germany was clear as day.

And what’s more–the Soviet Union collapsed and separated without (further) bloodshed. Perhaps there is hope for the downfall of other large restrictive regimes.

People are Extremely Misinformed

The result of a media – and education system – that fails to present quantitative information on long-run developments is that the huge majority of people is completely ignorant about global development. Even the decline of global extreme poverty – by any standard one of the most important developments in our lifetime – is only known by a small fraction of the population of the UK (10%) or the US (5%). In both countries the majority of people think that the share of people living in extreme poverty has increased! Two thirds in the US even think the share in extreme poverty has ‘almost doubled’.

That’s what you get from people hearing over and over that the rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer. Everyone is getting richer in real terms.

And take into consideration that some of the richest and more powerful people a century ago did not even have access to the healthcare the poorest Americans have now.

President Calvin Coolidge’s son died in 1924 from an infected blister he got while playing tennis on the White House courts. A hundred years ago, the President of the United States could not save his son from a blister. Today you have better access to medicine by visiting CVS with some pocket change.

Sometimes people get stuck in a bubble and only consider the negatives with which we are presented. That is why only 6% of the U.S. population thinks that the world is getting better, all things considered.

People need a little historical perspective to understand just how great the world is. And they could use a bit more reporting on the advances happening every day.

They don’t know about the huge advances in ocean farming that will deliver better quality meat and vegetable food products with a net positive impact on the environment. Or about cheap and top notch healthcare being delivered to the poorest people on Earth, for a profit.

The media isn’t excited to report the advances in 3D printing that will revolutionize production. Or systems available to every individual with internet access that allows you to start and run a business. Or the peer to peer payment systems that protect African entrepreneurs from corruption and theft while marketing their goods locally.

Ignore the Negativity and Keep Building

There are big problems that remain. None of the above should give us reason to become complacent. On the contrary, it shows us that a lot of work still needs to be done – accomplishing the fastest reduction of poverty is a tremendous achievement, but the fact that 1 out of 10 people lives in extreme poverty today is unacceptable. We also must not accept the restrictions of our liberty that remain and that are put in place.

Fear of the sheepdog is what makes the sheep run to the slaughterhouse. The worst thing you can do is believe all the fear mongering coming from the media and politicians. Fear is how they control you.

Surely there are some evil people in power, and they desire terrible things. But you can’t get wrapped up in their world. Yes, you should always have a backup plan. But make it a hedge, not your nest egg.

Enough with the humans are a disease mindset. Enough with the groupthink, and seeing people as demographics rather than individuals. Enough with the us-versus-them mentality that splits people by race, gender, nationality, and income.

The world is getting better. And us individuals can make sure that trend continues. You don’t have to save the world. You just have to live an honest life according to the change you want to see.

Live your life grounded in a positive philosophy of empowered productive individuals. This makes an impact. It builds community. This spreads. It lifts people out of poverty. It connects people in the best possible ways.

Love your kids. Serve your fellow human for your profit as well as theirs. Communicate, learn, and explore. Keep an open mind. Do what you love. Build a life that makes you feel happy and free!

There are so many amazing individuals out there. Don’t let the government, media, corporations, and peers rally us into herds.

You don’t have to play by the rules of the corrupt politicians, manipulative media, and brainwashed peers.

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  • AmericanGold

    Well! This is good news. :`)

  • We live in what, I believe, is one of the most exhilarating times in the history of America, perhaps the world. I’m convinced we are the *very beginning* of the most important paradigm shift in the history of America, bigger than even the early 1600s.

    However, there are many idols that must and will fall in the process in order for America to arrive at what’s intended for her next: the biggest being the US Constitution, particularly with Christians. Like Gideon’s father idol in Judges 6, for anything significant to be achieved for King and kingdom, this national idol must come down first.

    For more, see free online book “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective,” in which every Article and Amendment is examined by the Bible, at

    Then “A Biblical Constitution: A Scriptural Replacement for Secular Government.”

    • john cummins

      True that! I too agree that this is will be a great shift as the Gutenberg Press was so shall this Internet time be.

    • I agree we are seeing a paradigm shift in thinking. It’s a good thing. But the old order is dying and that is why we see what we perceive as so much turmoil. Mainly because the old order controls such entities as PRAVDA/MSM and that means they control all narratives and can easily mind eff the populace with massive propaganda and interrogation techniques.

      Many more people need to see it all for what it is to speed up the process !

  • john cummins

    State of Fear by Michael Crichton totally showed how governments control via fear as mentioned above.

  • Don Duncan

    From the early ’70s people I worked with told me I was going to jail because I was a tax rebel. I reduced my taxes in many ways and openly advocated my methods to all. I was fearless, to the point of recklessness. But I learned from seeing others go to jail. I adapted by methods, not my mindset, and I survived.

    Looking back I credit my survival to my attitude. I had learned to be practical without giving up by individualism, my “self”. And I lived free, or as free as possible in an unfree world.

    My associates lived “safe”. I can’t speak for them or evaluate their lives. Only they know the price they paid. At 75 I know I made the correct decisions for me, which is no small task, considering the constant barrage of propaganda, day in, day out.

    Most would look at my life choices, my attitude, and say “Aren’t you ashamed? Have you no civic pride? Don’t you feel like a “tax cheat”? What kind of a person has no respect for others (public opinion, the popular moral code of self-sacrifice)?” I would respond, “I am responsibile to my code, my self, and answer to no others. Who are you responsible to?”

    The fundamental difference between myself and most is I would respect their life choices, i.e., I would “live & let live”. They would not respect mine. They would not let me live my life or respect my decisions, even if I could logically defend them. That is because they don’t value reason over violence, individualism over collectivism, rights over democracy, freedom over authoritarianism.

  • Mike Molyneaux

    For the past two hundred years optimists have been promising that technology and education will deliver Utopia but we have given up waiting and hoping. Nevertheless, wishful thinking and promises feel better than reality. That’s why governments are good at that and coexist with traditional religion: “the opium of the people.” Optimists live in blissful ignorance but they die the same as pessimists.

    • Don Duncan

      I reject both optimism and pessimism. I am a realist but I don’t use the present as proof of the future. I use history, the present, logic, and theory.

      • Mike Molyneaux

        Good practice to use logic, theory and knowledge of history and the present, Unfortunately mind control has become an advanced applied science and sophisticated population mind control programs will continue until Kingdom comes. Even academics and professional “know-alls” have no idea how seriously indoctrinated and mistaken they and the citizens of the world are. Political and religious propaganda, the art of deception and control of knowledge and technology have been the tools of conquerors and rulers for over 2000 years. Mind control programs rely on the following human attributes for much of their success: Trust in the official leaders, especially in democratic systems of population control. The herd mentality – generally adopting the official mindset out of fear of being different or ostracized. You are probably aware by now that the left-right democratic-republican debate is mere political theatre. Voters are all basically mainstream and the topics of political debate are in fact trivial in the grand scheme. Religious credulity and trust in the Almighty – The mentality: “It doesn’t matter if we know so little because God knows it all and that’s good enough for me.” One-way emotional trap – The psychic distress of cognitive dissonance is too much for most to endure if and when they discover that they were tricked and deceived. When people are constantly and unwittingly deceived they are simultaneously trapped by the distress they expect to endure if they wake up to the truth. Few people are trained to spot all the flaws in scientific research papers. Few appreciate the relevance of research findings and competent at interpreting statistics. It’s easy to mislead people by playing with numbers and statistics. Victims of mind control are too busy working at their professions and trades to investigate things, not paid to question everything, and no match for paid mind control agents who are experts working full time at mind control. These factors ensure that without the Keys of Knowledge very very few can escape the MATRIX

        • dauden

          I agree with all you have stated save “trust in the Almighty” in the mindset described. We, humans with limited knowledge, must trust someone to enjoy a peace and hope of a better future, now and after death. Using logic, knowledge of history and applying study to the preserved Words of an Authority who inspired over 40 authors in a 1500 year time frame collected in a King James Bible can prove the claims made therein by inspecting it. Prophecy fulfilled (every single one was fulfilled spoken hundreds of years in advance and precisely as spoken) alone can confirm that Someone had to know all and be willing to instruct mankind in who he is, where he came from and where he can go to find a lasting peace. But prophetic Scripture is not the times we’re living in today. Paul, the author of Romans through Philemon, tells of a mystery kept secret from the beginning and revealed to him AFTER Christ left the earth in order to shew us that God’s program had changed from dealing with a nation under the law concerning a kingdom to come on earth to now offering his mercy and grace toward ALL men everywhere with an inheritance in heavenly places. God took out his wrath on all unrighteousness upon his Son who died for the sins of mankind 2000 yrs ago and is offering us peace today by faith through grace alone. We can reject this and go on believing in ourselves or we can trust Him and get that peace and hope in a split second. The resurrection of Christ proved His claims to life everlasting. But it is a choice. God does not want robots or slaves in His dwelling place. Note God’s will in this present age, “that all men should be saved and come unto the knowledge of the truth”, I Tim 2:4, (KJV only uncorrupted, non-copyrighted bible).

          • Mike Molyneaux

            The Keys of Knowledge will allow you to see things more clearly. But most prefer to remain wise in their own eyes. .

          • dauden

            You’re kidding me, right? Sounds kin to the serpent in the garden telling Eve she could eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and receive this “key of knowledge”, essentially invoking the lie that “ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil”.

            1 Corinthians 1:18-24 King James Version (KJV)

            18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

            19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

            20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

            21 For
            after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it
            pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

            22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

            23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

            24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

  • Sunshine Kid

    The only thing I am pessimistic about is the failure of the education system. When I went to school, the only “computer” available was the slide rule. Today, I shake my head at “cashiers” who cannot even count change without a machine to tell them what it is. And reading posts is at times jaw dropping for the lack of spelling ability, improper use of punctuation and so forth.

    • Whyfor

      Don’t worry, Sunshine Kid. The add and subtract deficient minds will learn as soon as the grid goes down which, if the magnetosphere continues to weaken and the sun sends out a few more solar flares, is bound to happen. They will then have to learn how to count beans and how to plant them and harvest them. To cook the beans, they’ll have to learn how to read and that’ll help them with their spelling.

      • Sunshine Kid

        Someone would have to teach them to survive first with the animals. If they don’t become dinner first before they learn to count, plant and read.

        You make a lot of sense; they don’t.

  • Good read and many good points made. We are on the same page. No doubt there are many negatives out there, but it is far better to simply understand them and do what we can to avoid them and live as free as possible every single day !

    Every aspect of our lives is 100% about how we think and then act on it. There is no point or valid reason to live in fear when you can be proactive and enjoy yourself everyday in every aspect of your life and thinking processes !

    I simply try to help people understand the many illusions we all live under here in USA and that is the best source of information available to all of us. Once we fully grasp that concept and realize how easily we are manipulated as well as the illusions we create for ourselves, then we can set our self free of all of them !

    The other main issue is to learn to go inside your self to seek all the answers to every question ? This is what our Inner Journey is all about and how to unwind all the junk we all carry around since birth. Meditation and slowing down to take the time to actually think is the conduit that connects us to the answers !–prayer-and-meditation.html

    • dauden

      I call bull-ony on that “going inside” for truth. The foundation for 100% truth is found in God’s uncopyrighted preserved Word, as in the King James BIble, studied “rightly divided” as 2 Tim 2:15 state. This would clear up the misinformation we swallow from the lies of men, many times inadvertently. Cheers!

      • Jesus said that many times. Stay in ignorance if you like ?

        • dauden

          Said what? Verse? Chapter? Ignorant about what? Anyway, I follow Paul as a pattern in my Christian walk as Christ told believers to do everywhere today. I Cor 11:1, 4:16
          Jesus told us not to follow him after the flesh anymore: 2 Cor 5:16 KJV That would be anything Jesus said in the “red letters”.

  • Great UPBEAT article! I highly recommend it! Copies to ALL my friends!

  • r2bzjudge

    “And what’s more–the Soviet Union collapsed and separated without
    (further) bloodshed. Perhaps there is hope for the downfall of other
    large restrictive regimes.”

    Everything moves in cycles. The Roman Empire rose and fell. Other large restrictive regimes will fall and others will take their place. The level of freedom in the U.S. is on the decline. The U.S. Empire is also in a state of decline, after peaking with the fall of the Soviet Union. Since the death of Mao, China has been on the rise. A clash of rising and declining powers is building.

  • Anon.

    Imagine how much higher standard of living we would have if there were little to no taxes. Labor would cost half as much, we would still spend the same, and us products would undercut China hugely…

  • Bob

    Good article and many good points; however, let’s not go to the extreme of thinking everything is great either….the list of chronic diseases that have skyrocketed since GMO’s were secretly inserted into the US Food Supply in the 90’s by corrupt, free-market busting oligopolies such as Monsanto, is well documented. The list includes everything from obesity to diabetes, cancer to environmental illness, stroke to liver and gut disease…basically all the major diseases, including Autism, which is expected to reach 1 out of every 2 kids born by 2025 according to MIT research…

    • Anon.

      Health topics are a great way to red pill anybody. Especially since there is so many real solutions for people to execute. And the toxicity is obvious when presented properly.

      Like Fluoride: from rat poison to wonder drug in less than a decade.

  • SnakePlissken

    It’s all whitey’s fault.

  • Praetor

    It is a world of positive and negative. No doubt about it, touch a positive to a negative and watch them fuse, produce heat and change their structure. Someday in the future the will connect and the whole structure will change. Be positive till then.!!!

  • richard hennerley

    Totally agree – we have many positives and we can win out against the corrupt psychopaths who rule us, but only of we are aware and ready to fight:

  • NobodysaysBOO

    GO SPACE X !!!

  • autonomous

    Can one be an optimist and not a utopian? Or can one be a pessimist without being an apocalypticist? It seems much more likely that the universe is trending toward an apocalypse than toward a utopia. A half-glass of water is much more likely to become empty than to become full. On the other hand, a graveyard is more likely to fill than to empty. It takes far more faith to believe a species will evolve than to believe a species will die off.

  • Samarami

    Good observations, Joe!
    To repeat what I’ve often said: I can be free. Here. Today. Where I’m “at”.
    So can you.
    Doesn’t mean I have to cease jumping some hurdles and guiding around those many who would be happy to interfere with my freedoms. Just means I have to keep whittlin’ away and sharpening my vigilance — watching for signals to sidestep the beast, who is always waiting to interfere with my personal liberty.
    A fun time to be alive. Challenges are endless. Sam