A Big History perspective of 2016.

“Look at history and data, not headlines. The world continues to improve in just about every way. Extreme poverty, child mortality, illiteracy, and global inequality are at historic lows; vaccinations, basic education, including girls, and democracy are at all-time highs.” – Steven Pinker

http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2016/12/22/14042506/steven-pinker-optimistic-future-2016

http://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2016/12/23/14062168/history-global-conditions-charts-life-span-poverty