The World is Bigger than Workplace Fatalities

Perspective is, by definition, a point of view. If we choose to listen to only information like this most recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, our point of view may be that the world is getting worse.

“For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Tuesday, December 19, 2017

There were a total of 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2016, a 7-percent increase from the 4,836 fatal injuries reported in 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See chart 1.) This is the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities and the first time more than 5,000 fatalities have been recorded by the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) since 2008.”NATIONAL CENSUS OF FATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES IN 2016

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has a different point of view. He writes that 2017 was the best year in human history. Every day, 300,000 more people gain access to drinking water and 325,000 more have access to electricity. Today, less than 15 percent of people are illiterate and since 1990 vaccinations, diarrhea treatment, and breast-feeding education (among other health initiatives) have saved over 100 million children. Kristof’s op-ed continues with similar good news and links to Our World in Data (one of the better collections of data on human living conditions I’ve seen).

“Life is about perspective and how you look at something…ultimately, you have to zoom out.” – Whitney Wolfe

 

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