The Triumph of Humanity Chart

Cross-posted from my blog here.

One of the great­est suc­cesses of mankind over the last few cen­turies has been the enor­mous amount of wealth that has been cre­ated. Once upon a time vir­tu­ally ev­ery­one lived in grind­ing poverty; now, thanks to the forces of sci­ence, cap­i­tal­ism and to­tal fac­tor pro­duc­tivity, we pro­duce enough to sup­port a much larger pop­u­la­tion at a much higher stan­dard of liv­ing.

EAs be­ing a highly in­tel­lec­tual lot, our preferred form of rit­ual cel­e­bra­tion is charts. The or­dained chart for cel­e­brat­ing this triumph of our peo­ple is the De­clin­ing Share of Peo­ple Liv­ing in Ex­treme Poverty Chart.

Share in Poverty


How­ever, as a heretic, I think this chart is a mis­take. What is so great about re­duc­ing the share? We could achieve that by kil­ling all the poor peo­ple, but that would not be a good thing! Life is good, and poverty is not death; it is sim­ply bet­ter for it to be rich.

As such, I think this is a much bet­ter chart. Here we show the world pop­u­la­tion. Those in ex­treme poverty are in pur­ple – not red, for their ex­is­tence is not bad. Those who the wheels of progress have lifted into wealth un­be­knownst to our an­ces­tors, on the other hand, are de­picted in blue, ris­ing triumphantly.

Triumph of Humanity2

Long may their rise con­tinue.