The Most Important Thing, and It’s Almost a Secret Everyone knows about the spread of war and the hopeless intractability of poverty. But everyone is wrong. nytimes.com|By Nicholas Kristof

Saint Nicholas begins: “We journalists are a bit like vultures, feasting on war, scandal and disaster. Turn on the news, and you see Syrian refugees, Volkswagen corruption, dysfunctional government.

Yet that reflects a selection bias in how we report the news: We cover planes that crash, not planes that take off. Indeed, maybe the most important thing happening in the world today is something that we almost never cover: a stunning decline in poverty, illiteracy and disease.”

Nicholas Kristof claims that birthrates are falling dramatically, the ghoul of overpopulation is fading. I hope, but do not expect, that he is right. However, many now recognize that k-12 education for all children, means a declining birth rate, which is desperately needed for the world ecology.

Everyone knows about the spread of war and the hopeless intractability of poverty. But everyone is wrong.
nytimes.com|By Nicholas Kristof

1 thought on “The Most Important Thing, and It’s Almost a Secret Everyone knows about the spread of war and the hopeless intractability of poverty. But everyone is wrong. nytimes.com|By Nicholas Kristof

  1. The leading comment at the Times: David Gregory Deep Red South 10 hours ago

    The most important thing is not your almost secret. It is that humanity has a footprint that exceeds the carrying capacity of our one and only home.

    Translated, that means our consumption of resources in a year exceeds the recovery/regeneration capacity of the earth and the available resources are degrading every year.
    “According to Wackernagel and colleagues, humanity uses the equivalent of 1.5 planets to provide the resources we use and absorb our waste. This means it now takes the Earth one year and six months to regenerate what we use in a year.”

    Click to access GEAS_Jun_12_Carrying_Capacity.pdf

    That was 2012.

    All the progress Mr Kristof details is dependent upon our home supplying energy, water, productive soil, biodiversity and all the rest that allows us to maintain the lifestyle and technology. When that supply is gone, the progress will halt and then reverse.

    Nature bats last- THAT is the most important thing.

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