Things Are Getting Worse

The world—and particularly the U.S.—is moving in the wrong direction on so many fronts. We urgently need to change the way we live.

Climate change is progressing faster, transforming some areas of the planet to the edge of livability. Coastal and island communities are being flooded. The time for taking remedial steps has already passed. We are approaching global emergency.

Income inequality in the U.S. continues apace. The Washington Post recently reported that it is the highest since census started tracking it. The rich are getting richer, the poor poorer, and those in the middle are becoming fewer.

Gun violence and the resulting deaths in the U.S. continue to grow. More and more mass shootings occur, and individual deaths from fire arms, including suicide, are on the rise.

Life expectancy is, for the first time in our history, growing shorter. It decreased from 78.9 years in 2014 to 78.7 years in 2015, remained unchanged between 2015 and 2016, and then decreased again between 2016 and 2017 to 78.6 years.

We are, in short, facing disaster on a number of fronts. Other advanced democracies in the world are taking steps to counter these trends, but the U.S. is not. We have a national government that denies global warning—Trump calls is a “hoax”—and discourages efforts to counter it. That same government passed a tax law that favors the wealthy. And it refuses to enact, at a national level, sensible laws to control and reduce gun violence.

It is long since time to change. I suspect our only hope is to change the government in the next election. I think that if we wish to survive, we have no choice.

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