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18 Reasons Now Is The Best Time To Be Alive, Ever

18 reasons we’re living in the greatest period in world history

Here is something to cheer you up, in stark contrast to the daily media coverage. Economic data and facts show that we’re living through the greatest period in world history.

The Best Time To Be Alive

1. Life expectancy in U.S. was 39 years in 1800, 49 years in 1900, 68 years in 1950, and 79 years today. The average newborn today can expect to live an entire generation longer than his great-grandparents could.

2. The average American now retires at age 62. One hundred years ago, the average American died at age 51. Enjoy your golden years — your ancestors didn’t get any of them.

3. You need an annual income of $34,000 a year to be in the richest 1% of the world, according to World Bank economist Branko Milanovic’s 2010 book The Haves and the Have-Nots. To be in the top half of the globe you need to earn just $1,225 a year. For the top 20%, it’s $5,000 per year. Enter the top 10% with $12,000 a year. To be included in the top 0.1% requires an annual income of $70,000. America’s poorest are some of the world’s richest.

But sorry to say, that means that many in the rest of the world are really poor. Yet, statistics show that the whole world is improving fast. And if not fast enough, huge migrations of poor areas will inevitably bring some balance. In 10 to 20 years, hopefully everyone on earth will live a pleasant and comfortable life. 

Here is some interesting statistics: At the moment 60% of the world population is in Asia. In 2010 80% of the world population will be in Asia and Africa. Not only the rich countries are improving. The whole world is getting richer and healthier. Since 1999, the income gap between the West and the developing world has been dropping: Global inequality is actually falling. See how:

4. Two percent of American homes had electricity in 1900. J.P Morgan (the man) was one of the first to install electricity in his home, and it required a private power plant on his property. Even by 1950, close to 30% of American homes didn’t have electricity. It wasn’t until the 1970s that virtually all homes were powered. Adjusted for wage growth, electricity cost more than 10 times as much in 1900 as it does today, according to professor Julian Simon.

5. According to the Federal Reserve, the number of lifetime years spent in leisure — retirement plus time off during your working years — rose from 11 years in 1870 to 35 years by 1990. Given the rise in life expectancy, it’s probably close to 40 years today. Which is amazing: The average American spends nearly half his life in leisure. If you had told this to the average American 100 years ago, that person would have considered you wealthy beyond imagination.

6. Median household income adjusted for inflation was around $25,000 per year during the 1950s. It’s nearly double that amount today. We have false nostalgia about the prosperity of the 1950s because our definition of what counts as “middle class” has been inflated — see the 34% rise in the size of the median American home in just the past 25 years. If you dig into how the average “prosperous” American family lived in the 1950s, I think you’ll find a standard of living we’d call “poverty” today.

7. Only one in 10 American homes had air conditioning in 1960. That rose to 49% in 1973, and 89% today — the 11% that don’t are mostly in cold climates. Simple improvements like this have changed our lives in immeasurable ways.

8. Almost no homes had a refrigerator in 1900, according to Frederick Lewis Allan’s The Big Change, let alone a car. Today they sell cars with refrigerators in them.

9. Adjusted for overall inflation, the cost of an average round-trip airline ticket fell 50% from 1978 to 2011, according to Airlines for America.

10. Relative to hourly wages, the cost of an average new car has fallen by a factor of four since 1915, according to professor Julian Simon (5,000 hours of work at the average wage in 1915 vs. about 1,200 today).

11. The average American work week has declined from 66 hours in 1850, to 51 hours in 1909, to 34.8 today, according to the Federal Reserve. Enjoy your weekend.

13. Incomes have grown so much faster than food prices that the average American household now spends less than half as much of its income on food as it did in the 1950s. Relative to wages, the price of food has declined more than 90% since the 19th century, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

14. As of March 2013, there were 8.99 million millionaire households in the U.S., according to the Spectrum Group. Put them together and they would make the largest city in the country, and the 18th largest city in the world, just behind Tokyo. We talk a lot about wealth concentration in the United States, but it’s not just the very top that has done well.

15. In 1900, 44% of all American jobs were in farming. Today, around 2% are. We’ve become so efficient at the basic need of feeding ourselves that nearly half the population can now work on other stuff.

16. The average American car got 13 miles per gallon in 1975, and more than 26 miles per gallon in 2013, according to the Energy Protection Agency. This has an effect identical to cutting the cost of gasoline in half.

17. Annual inflation in the United States hasn’t been above 10% since 1981 and has been below 5% in 77% of years over the past seven decades. When you consider all the hatred directed toward the Federal Reserve, this is astounding.

18. According to AT&T archives and the Dallas Fed, a three-minute phone call from New York to San Francisco cost $341 in 1915, and $12.66 in 1960, adjusted for inflation. Today, Republic Wireless offers unlimited talk, text, and data for $5 a month.

Aureville: The Model for the Unificationist City of Dawn

As Aureville shows, every town should have it's own Father and Mother and grow this way as a family, striving for common prosperity, well-being, happiness and spiritual fulfillment. This video raises many important questions about the way of realizing our Unificationist dream of ideal society. 

Recognized by UNESCO, the purpose of Auroville is to realize human unity. Auroville is a place with no religion, no politicians and no money. It started 40 years ago as an experimental city. As of May 2016, it has 2,487 residents (1854 adults and 633 children) from 49 countries.

But now this is becoming a trend. Hundreds of such communities around the world are building their dream reality of the future without fighting the existing reality. In Africa we see ECO-Communities where white and black live together, helping each other to build their dream. The Senegaly's Government has started a program to transition 14,000 villages into ECO-Villages. We see that in Thailand, in Burma and other countries as well. It is a whole network of such villages, growing and spreading around the globe.

"Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities."

You travel throughout all these villages, from one continent to the next, meeting everywhere people who bring together their love and their longing to create a better future for their children. From all directions we see the tendency and the growing desire to move to energy efficient and nature friendly homes. These are signs of human heart and spirituality being restored.

It's founders dream of establishing a city "where individuals of great diversity would live in pursuit of human unity." Thus it is "created to realize what is possible when people live together in a community beyond the boundaries of nation, religion, race, politics, money -- all that separates and divides. Here, citizens from 40 nations attempt to live lives of selfless service, dedicated to the pursuit of human unity - the world to live as one united family." They even hold Ecovillage Design Education Workshops around the world on how to build a community and the different aspects of community building; Worldview, social, economic, ecologic.

"There is no one approach. We want the individual flowering to take place. We want the personality to develop in it's own unique pattern and manner."

The Need for Revolution of Heart and Conscience

The Unificationist ideal is to develop the ideal world based on the model of the ideal family. To fulfill that of course, first we need to educate true families, then build loving communities. At the moment thousands of Eco-Villages and self-sustainable communities have been created worldwide. Gradually towns, regions and finally nations will appear base on that idea and standard of heart and conscience.

"We need a new state of conscientiousness, a Revolution of Heart."

We Unificationists are now building such a community of heart around the lake of Cheongpyong in South Korea. Meanwhile we are preparing and educating leaders and communities in numerous other nations. Eventually the whole world should become one global family.

"The unity of the world as a global family is essential for heavenly fortune to come." Sun Myung Moon

With robotisation, the outcome of goods and services will be extremely high. With automatization will come abundance; almost everything will get very cheep. Much harder challenge is, how do people then have meaning. If we have more free time, how do we use it? Are we gonna live a moral, good and happy life? Here comes the urgent need of Revolution of Heart and Revolution of Consciousness, True Father (Sun Myung Moon) was talking about.

"Astonishing developments in science and technology bind humanity together through a revolution of information, communication and transportation. Thus, international cooperation is needed and a shared commitment is necessary in order to protect the Earth's fragile environment." Sun Myung Moon

God was paving the way by preparing communities with similar ideas and Auroville is one such place. We now see that the time has come, when society is moving towards us. You can see it in every part of the world. You can see how the region will look like, when communities support each other.

"There should be somewhere upon Earth that no nation can claim as it's own property. A place where all people of good will, sincere in their aspirations, would live freely as citizens of the World, obeying one simple authority, that of the supreme Truth."

Our vision is build a model settlement where thousands of people live in peace; within themselves, with their neighbors and with the entire world. This is the vary Unificationist ideal, given to us by our True Parents, and we are dedicated to have the first nation restored until 2020. If we build that model at one place, we can bring this examples out in the crises areas of the world as well.

"With much less then what they are wasting now we could make of the Earth a vary beautiful and harmonious place."

Shift Towards Parentism and Governance of Heart

If you go to the spirit world, in the high Paradise levels, you'll find that each area has it's own spiritual leaders, who are in the position of loving, carrying and nurturing parents. We Unificationists have our True Parents, but it's time many to inherit their heart and tradition. Such couples are to be the center of each such developing town. Furthermore:

"Today we live in an economy which is so masculine. And there is this dream of a feminine kind.. and the love and hope, and care has to come in if we have to survive." 

That is why Father proclaimed in his last public speech, THE ADVENT OF THE GLOBAL ERA OF WOMEN:

"In the twenty-first century, women should play a major role.. pulling forward the construction of a peaceful world. Going beyond a century of power and technology, women will be the central axis in building.. loving, peaceful culture." (Father July16 2012)

Successful Models of Building Cities and State

Let's look at another model prepared by God. Mormons moved west under the big persecutions they faced at their early days. It's interesting how in 50 years they could reach 100,000 people in the South Lake area.

"In April 1847 the first group of Mormon settlers left and headed west.. Brigham Young led a group of two children, three women, and 143 men. They traveled in oxen-pulled wagons for three months. On July 22 they entered the Salt Lake Valley."

How did they create a big settlement in Utah
1. They payed the trip of those who wanted to move and live there
2. They had guides to lead them on that dangerous trip through the wilderness.
3. They helped the settlers with accommodation and word
4. The settlers then had the chance to return that loan.

"This Mormon migration took place between 1847 and 1869.. about 70,000 Mormons migrated to Utah." 

Comparing to Auroville, Mormons were vary fast in growing and expanding. Their case was a precedent in history that historians can only compare with the growth of the early Christianity. And of course, based on those models prepared by God, now Unificationism is growing even faster. In 50 years it has grown its foundation in all 194 nations, including representatives of all races, cultures and religions. Not only that, but Unificationism has build a vast network of media and organizations, covering all areas of life, working with governments, heads of states, top-religious leaders, kings and chiefs.

Yet, despite all this great foundation, there is still what to learn and inherit from the model of Auroville and other similar good endeavors. Perhaps, even learning from their limitations. For many want to move and live in Auroville, but because of financial limitations there are so few they can take. In so many years they could grow up to little over 2000 people living there, while at the moment Unificationism is approaching 2000 couples moving in the Cheongpyeong area.

Surely many would want to move too, if there was opportunities. But Korea is difficult place to move to and the HQ is not yet able to help with visa, documents, accommodation and work. If they do that, hundred of thousands will be ready to move there overnight. For that purpose there is fast construction work going on at the moment, as a part of the process of developing the needed infrastructure. Yes, Cheongphyong already has few schools and even University; But next stage is to secure the right of its own educational system, based on its own high ideals and spiritual values.

The Cheongpyong: The City of our Dreams

True Parents were able to create the miracle that you see here today. Amazing community is forming around Ceongpyong Lake, South Korea. (See CHEONWON: MODEL OF THE RESTORED GARDEN OF EDEN) The area is already famous for its healing activities. New buildings are raising rapidly. You can see the new pure, happy and creative culture among the thousands of second generation children living and studying there (Children of the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification).

And this is only a glimpse into what's coming in the near future, when big communities of few generations start appearing everywhere around the world. I could witness in some small nations, how just few Blessed familieshave expanded in enormous communities, since now they have many Blessed 2nd generation with many more 3rd generation children. Witnessing that I thought to myself, "Wow, this is more beautiful then we could ever imagine." And this is just the start.

True Mother is now determined to establish the First Model Nation by 2020. Number of nations are already educating their citizens in the Culture of Heart. (Read, THE ADVENT OF THE GLOBAL ERA OF WOMEN). In special-chosen nations we see rural areas with 80 to 100 % Blessed families. The first restored nation is on the way! Cambodia with 60% of its highest level leaders educated. The leaders of Churches with 10 million members going through 40 day Principle worships. Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and other religions fascinated by the Ideals of the True Parents. The Culture of Heart spreads like fire in all of the Pacific region and now even in Africa. Read more...

Now even technology has to compete in that direction

Auroville was founded by Mirra Alfassa (known as "the Mother") in 1968 on a site, approximately 20 square kilometers of barren wasteland. The four-point charter set forth Auroville's vision of integral living:
  1. Auroville belongs to nobody. Auroville belongs to humanity as a whole. To live in Auroville, one must be the willing servitor of the Divine Consciousness.
  2. Auroville will be the place of an unending education, of constant progress, and a youth that never ages.
  3. Auroville wants to be the bridge between the past and the future. Taking advantage of all discoveries from without and from within.
  4. Auroville will be a site of material and spiritual researches for a living embodiment of an actual Human Unity.
The township was originally intended to house 50,000 residents. In the initial 20 years, only about 400 individuals from 20 countries resided in the township. In the next 20 years, this number rose to 2,000 individuals from 40 countries. As of May 2016, it has 2,487 residents (1854 adults and 633 children) from 49 countries with two-thirds from India, France and Germany.

This is a list of intentional communities.

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