There was a heartening article on the Huffington Post this mornings: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/22/world-less-violent-stats_n_1026723.html.
This article points out that violence and violent death is decreasing in the world and has been doing so for decades.
That fact is hard for people to accept with the sensationalism inherent in modern news reporting and the unbiquitousness of its presence in our lives, especially when considered in the light of 9/11 and America's involvement in two wars.
Nevertheless, violence in the world has been steadily declining as democracy and the United Nations has continued to exert it's influence and the rate of literacy has increased.
I was very heartened in reading this article. For once, a news report wsn't depressing and fear inducing. The hopeless feeling induced by the hyping of scriptures about the "last days" was mollified. The human race can improve and has been improving, despite all the hoopla and doom being preached by sensationalist prognosticators.
I urge you to read the article for a rare "upper."