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In 2016, hate was given hope -- but now we take it back!From poverty to literacy, the rise of women and fall of deadly disease -- on virtually every metric -- the world is better off than it's ever been. It's a powerful reason for us all to have hope, and rise to 2017.
From terrorism to Trump to Syria, it was a rough year. But hidden by all the darkness filling our screens, there's a simple, beautiful, truth:
The world has never been in a better place.
So to kick off the new year, here's a video of 10 beautiful reasons to have hope -- let's share them, add our own, and together give the world a million reasons to hope in 2017:
Even on the environment, we're winning epic progress on everything from historic ocean conservation to an unstoppable revolution in clean energy!
Let's take this dose of hope, and let it fuel our determination and that of our friends. Because in 2017, together, we rise.
- 1. Yes, things are serious. A new autocratic world order (60% of Avaazers believe even a second rise of fascism) could threaten everything we love.
- 2. But this is also a tremendous opportunity. Humanity, like each of us, learns best from mistakes. Much of our greatest progress has been catalyzed by crisis. If we meet this moment right, we can emerge from it stronger and wiser than ever.
- 3. We need to be strong, and to challenge the forces of regress. But let’s not be twisted by the darkness and act from fear and anger. We are warriors for love and wisdom. We must act from that light.
- 4. When we do come from love and wisdom, we can see that our ‘enemy’ is not so much any people, as it is unwisdom. Misplaced fear and anger. Lack of awareness and understanding.
- 5. These are age-old foes of our people. Our grandparents faced far worse with far less, and they won progress. We have every reason to hope, and no excuse for despair.
- 99 Reasons Why 2016 Was a Good Year
- How a Putin Fan Overseas Pushed Pro-Trump Propaganda to Americans (New York Times)
- Invasion of the troll armies (The Guardian)