The relationship between longer lives, more income, and greater freedom, and other aspects of prosperity show up in other indicators as well. Here are just three:
Keep in mind that the population of the world has nearly doubled over the time elapsed in these graphs. Thus, if the percentages are increasing, the absolute numbers are growing rapidly. I could go on with more stats like the precipitous drop in conflicts around the world over the fifteen years (click here) but you get the picture. The world is becoming a more prosperous place for more and more people!
With that said, I want to be clear on a few issues. Nothing I’ve written in these last three posts in any way justifies colonialism or the horrific abuses that have occurred with oppression. Nor does it justify interventionist acts committed by the United States and other world powers in pursuit of their own interest. Nor does it suggest that there isn't abuse today or that every corner of the world is growing prosperity. But what it does suggest is that, in a stumbling bumbling manner, the world has been experiencing a widespread, and spreading, outbreak of prosperity that dwarfs anything humanity has encountered before.
In the next few posts I want look at what sparked the changes of the last three centuries.
(For further enlightenment, I'd also invite you to check out this entertaining and informative 20 minute presentation at the TED conferences by Hans Rosling about the improving state of the world.)