The World Isn’t As Bad As You Think It Is

The News Is Making You Unrealistically Pessimistic

18 min readOct 6, 2020


The world is fucked. Climate change. War. Poverty. Deadly pandemics. Corruption. Evil. Rampant crime. Racism. Sexism. Inequality. Overpopulation. Biodiversity collapse. Everything is broken. And humanity is doomed. What’s the point in having children if they’re going to grow up in a hellish environment? Why should children bother studying at school when climate change is going to destroy their lives? Humanity stands on the brink of collapse and our future will be filled with chaos, pain and terror. Right?

If you agree with everything written above, I’m here to tell you that you’re completely wrong.

I’m here to tell you that the image you have of the world is distorted, disfigured and wildly inaccurate. Even the smartest people you listen to may be completely wrong about the state of the world.

In a survey by, the following question was asked to citizens from multiple countries: “ All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse?”

% of people who answered “better” United States — 6% United Kingdom — 4% Australia — 4%

China — 41% (take note of this)

The first reason people are pessimistic about the future is because they’re uneducated about a number of important statistics that I will explain in the first part of this article.

The second reason is that people (even the smartest among us) don’t understand how the news environment is distorting their entire world view — causing them to view the world as far more negative than it actually is.

The final reason is that people falsely believe that the apocalypse (climate change) is drawing nearer year by year.

This article will be split into 3 sections:

  1. The Best News In The World (That you never heard about)
  2. The News Environment Is Making You Unreasonably Pessimistic
  3. What You Never Heard About Climate Change

The world is a complicated place. Nobody knows everything and nobody can predict the future. But I’m about to explain why your view of the world may be…