「领取68元的注册体验金」「英语共读」Bill Gates: The world is really getting bett
bill gates: the world is really getting better
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against a background of many terrible things happening, the world's richest man wants you to take heart.
the world, he says, is actually getting better.
in an editorial (评论) in time, bill gates notes many trends (趋势), such as the rates of child death, are heading in a positive (积极的) direction. we just don't hear much about them, because of the focus on bad news.
"these events have happened in the condition of a bigger, positive trend," gates writes. "on the whole, the world is getting better."
among the developments he points to are:
a rapid decrease in child death rates for children under five; they're down by half since 1990, saving the lives of 122 million children.
a huge increase in the number of children who attend primary school worldwide; more than 90% now do.
a rising number of women worldwide are being chosen to public office.
gates said news organizations should be responsible for spreading the widespread feeling of pessimism (悲观). people are more likely to read bad news, which encourages news organizations to focus on such things, he argues.
in addition to having gates write an editorial, time asked him to guest edit one of its issues. he used the chance to fill the magazine with positive stories. the issue includes articles from some of gates' friends who also feel good about the future.
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