News worth celebrating:

In 1800, almost nine of 10 people in the world were illiterate. Today, 90% of people can read.

“Within a decade and a half, all girls and boys can complete primary and secondary education for free.” (a U.N. Sustainable Development Goal adopted in 2015)

The entire world will have internet access sometime between 2020 and 2030.

The portion of the world’s population living in poverty has fallen from 94% in 1820 to under 10% today.

–David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy Magazine, Nov/Dec 2016 (Issue 048, p. 55), “The Case for Optimism”