When I want to feel discouraged about how well the world is doing, I read my local newspaper. While it contains some bright spots and a comics section, it contains lots of “doom and gloom” stories. Articles about our growing energy problems, global warming, our educational system, governmental budgets, and wars tend to fall into the doom and gloom category.
To counterbalance the doom and gloom, I use the Web to learn about research progress in medicine, energy, food production, and other areas where progress is occurring in addressing some of the major problems we face.
I was inspired by the following TED Talk: