Posted by: husbandandfatheroffour | October 24, 2014

What Kind Of World Do We Live In? A Better One Than Most Give Credit For

What kind of world do we live in?  That is a question that is being asked a lot lately.  The sad thing is that even kids are wondering about it.  They see the papers, hear the news reports, and listen when adults are talking about it.  It is a common mistake to think our kids are too young to understand what really is going on but if you sat down with them and starting asking questions you would find out they know much more than we think.  So how would you answer this question if you child asked?  How would you answer it if another adult asked?  Is there a right or wrong way to answer it?  I guess that depends on what your world view would be.

There are roughly 7 billion people on this planet and out of those 7 billion people an estimated 500,000 are murdered a year.  That is .01% of the population.  Now there are 55 million total deaths a year.  This number includes murders, car crashes, natural causes, diseases, etc.  This calculates to .91% of all deaths in the world are due to murder.  Let me even go a bit further and just go with the numbers here in the United States.  The United States population is about 318 million people.  There are about 17,000 homicides a year in the U.S.  There are roughly 2,600,000 deaths, from all causes, in the U.S. every year.  So that would mean .65% of U.S. deaths are due to murder.  

Now these are just murders and we know other things like rape, abuse, etc. can happen too but when you look the statistics they are all under 1% when compared to the U.S. population.  With that being said I do not want to be mistaken and people think that I don’t care or think that because overall total numbers are low that they are not important because I am totally opposite of that.  I would love to see a perfect world where the percent is zero but we all know that will not happen.  So I want to get back to the question asked; what kind of world do we live in?  Well here is what I tell my children and anyone else that ever brings up that question.

We live in a world where violence happens and unfortunately nothing will ever change that.  The news takes advantage of all that violence and they show it and headline with it because, lets face it, people watch it.  So with that the news likes to show us the bad things that are happening to a very small percentage of the world.  Now that doesn’t mean because it is such a small percentage you shouldn’t stay aware of your surroundings or know the people you are with.  You should always be vigilant about where you are at and who you are with, but it should not consume your life with worry.  What happens when a terrorist attack happens?  How about when a person is shot, stabbed, or beat up?  What do you see when something bad happens?  Well you see the good, humanitarian, compassionate, caring, and loving people in this world show up.  Maybe it is the bystanders who weren’t hurt or the people across the street that saw it happen.  It could be the police, firemen, and EMS.  When something horrible, tragic, or evil happens in this world there are always more people who turn out to help than what there was that caused  the atrocious event to happen. 

So what kind of world do we live in?  A kind that is full of caring, loving, good people.  It is a world where compassion still triumphs over heartlessness and love conquers evil.   It is a world where many more beautiful things happen in a day than ugly ones do.  This world is filled with infinitely many more people that do good rather than evil and it is up to us to remember that and teach our children that, no matter what the news headlines say.

Romans 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good


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