Being Thankful

thanksgiving-1Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. For too many people Thanksgiving has become a holiday from work, a shopping day and a time to watch television. Being thankful is either an afterthought or is absent altogether.

This is sad because we have so much to be thankful for. Steve Pinker did a study on how violence has actually decreased in the world in modern times. He gave a talk on TED radio about it. Because we tend to focus on the bad news about violence we do not see that there is actually less of it.

The world has more freedom than it had just a generation ago. The massive oppressive communist blocks have faded away. There is more democracy in the world.

We are a more affluent world today. There are still problems with poverty for sure, but in fact there is less poverty in the world today than at any time in recent history.

We have so much to be thankful for. In the world in general and in our own lives. Might this be a good time to reflect on that and be thankful?

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.