Attached to the law of supply and demand is the corollary law of surplus and shortages.
One of the most memorable — and bizarre — examples is the Cabbage Patch Kids craze of 1983 that caused near-riots in department stores as parents almost literally fought each other tooth-and-nail to get their paws on the year’s Number 1 kids’ gift, which was in short supply.
These days, we have a surplus of bad news and what feels like a severe shortage of good news. Not to worry, though! I just stumbled across something called not merely Good News, but Beautiful News Daily. And not a moment too soon, we all might add—in unison.
What qualifies as Beautiful News? I’ve chosen the following examples from the website informationisbeautiful.net to give you a taste of what the people behind Beautiful News Daily consider beautiful news. What’s not evident in the excerpts published here is that each piece of good news on the site is illustrated with a chart displaying relevant statistics.
Cancer Survival Rates Rising in U.S.
While the “prevalence of cancer may be growing… the disease is gradually being beaten in the USA.” The chart shows that between 1975 and 2015, the percentage of persons alive five years after being diagnosed with, for one example, breast cancer, rose to 91% from 77%.
California Feels Renewed
A chart shows 44% of the state’s electricity is supplied by water, solar, biomass and other renewable sources, while the remaining power comes from coal, natural gas, nuclear and other sources.
Japan Has a Yen to Extinguish Smoking
Currently, “15% of deaths worldwide are due to smoking.” In Japan, the percentage of the population who smoke has fallen more than 30% in the past 20 years. A new law in 2020 will make it illegal in the country to smoke in public.
Equal Pay Is Hot Topic in Iceland
Companies in Iceland with 25+ employees that do not pay women the same as men, for doing the same job, will be fined—daily.
When in Rome, Recycle
Julius Caesar reportedly said “Veni, Vidi, Vici.” Today’s Romans say “Ricicli + Viaggi,” translated as “Recycle + Travel.” Commuters on the city’s mass transit lines who deposit 30 empty plastic bottles in receptacles get a free ride on the metro.
Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence
It wasn’t that long ago there were very few laws in the world outlawing domestic violence. Today, 144 countries have criminalized the inhumane treatment that can be inflicted on women. A world power remains one of the few holdouts: Russia.
Charity Begins at Home
Americans donate more than $322 billion annually to charities. A third goes to religious organizations, with the rest earmarked for education, health, arts and culture, and environmental causes.
Vaccines Are Saving Millions of Lives
Thanks to vaccinations, the number of deaths worldwide from preventable diseases has declined by more than 50% since 1990. Global cases of measles fell by 93% in that period.
If some readers of these examples from Beautiful News Daily detect a certain agenda behind the type of statistics reported on this site, all I have to say is go to informationisbeautiful.net and judge for yourself. Just remember what I always say: virtually any non-fiction material you read is biased... because each person reads it through the variable filter of their own set of biases.