Just read this thoughtful piece from Charlie Stross (who, as I’ve mentioned once or twice, is a Good Thing). Comparing the state of the world in 2010 with 2000, and finding much to be positive about.
He gets double extra bonus points for the last paragraph.
I’m sorry to note that most of the good stuff didn’t happen to those of us in the developed world — but the human world is indisputably in better shape overall in 2010 than it was in 2000. And what makes my neighbour happier without damaging me makes my world a better place.
That last sentence alone is a deeply good thought to take into the new year.