It’s Not as Bad as You Think

Episode 13: It’s Not as Bad as You Think

In this new episode of The RevolutionFI Podcast, Tim realizes that it’s not as bad as you think.

“So, the question is this: How can 50+ folks like us, honest and hard-working, how do we manage our current responsibilities and still plan for retirement? 401ks alone won’t be enough and we don’t have 40 years to save, so how do we leverage our experience and wisdom to gain financial independence? That is the question, and this podcast will give you the answers. My name is Tim, and welcome to the Revolution. The RevolutionFI podcast.”



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Did you sleep in this morning? Hey, it’s fine. If you did. It’s Saturday. This is the RevolutionFI podcast. And I’m Tim, I’m here with you to talk about the weekend reflection for Saturday.

And I wasn’t really sure what I was going to talk about today, until I came across an article in The Guardian. Now, this posted on October 17 2020. And the title is, “The maps that show life is slowly getting better.”

Now, I think we would all agree, 2020 has been one of the most difficult years in recent memory, there’s been a lot of chaos, distraction, tragedy, unfortunately, death. And this is just a reality of the situation. And if you’re like me, you’ve sort of been thinking, well, I can’t wait for 2021 as if somehow turning a calendar over to January is gonna just fix all this stuff. It’s not, but it’s nice to think that it might. But I think the other assumption we get into the other way of thinking that we get trapped in is this idea that, well, things have never been so rough.

Parental Perspective

My mom’s in her early 70s. And she said to me, You know, I feel bad for your kids, because they have to grow up in this world. It was, it was so much better. I thought about that, and on some level, I guess it is, you know, she’s only comparing what her childhood was like to what’s happening now. But as a trained historian, I like to take a bit of a broader approach. So I stepped back, and I was reading this article, and the maps are stunning. And there’s a link in the show notes, you really should check it out.

But it’s not as bad as we think. In fact, there’s an argument that can be made that the world is better than it’s ever been. So there are a few maps on here, you’re going to want to check out the one map, it shows renewable energy usage in the United States, which is steadily increasing, and could put us on the path of completely being free of fossil fuels by the middle of this century, which is really important with with the climate change crisis. So I think that is something to really, it’s not something we can rest on, we have to keep working at it. But we’re moving in the right direction.

We Have Internet

Global Internet access is steadily increasing, there have never been more people that had more access to more information in the history of the world. And I think that’s all positive. You think about what literacy rates were, you know, in the dark ages, and you know, and now the access to information is so critical to improving lives, and it’s never, we’ve never had so much.

And then you look at both ends of the life span spectrum. child mortality rates have never been lower. I mean, just 100 years ago, one in 11 Kids died before reaching school age. And now it’s a pretty rare thing that happens well in the developed world, but globally speaking, statistically speaking, and then the other side of that humans are living longer than ever before.

So I think we have this fantasy of like, wouldn’t it be great if we just lived in the woods and scavenged and didn’t have all these issues that we have in our modern world. And that might be true for the 25 years that you lived? The average life expectancy, a couple thousand years ago was 25 years old. And it’s it’s shot, it’s rocketed up over the past hundred and 50 years even. 

A Picture is Worth 1000 Words

So, you know, you take a look at those maps, think about those numbers. But I think it’s a good reminder that we have to think bigger than ourselves. You know, clearly, my life is in a worse position than it was a year ago. If I look at the relationships, what’s happened to my family, the way the pandemic has affected our life, all of that is, is quantifiably worse. There’s no question about I’m not minimizing that, but I think on the bigger spectrum, we live in a pretty good time. And I think it’s a nice reminder, and thanks to The Guardian for giving us this visual reminder that it’s we’re gonna get through it and that it’s bad now, but that we’re doing okay, and we’re probably going to come out the other side of this.

Hopefully that helps brighten up your weekend a little bit. So go ahead and do your chores, and I’ll come back tomorrow morning with another cup of coffee and Sunday reflection.

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