2016 has been pretty horrible, but it's not the worst year in history.

@sissy15 (5388)
United States
December 29, 2016 2:43am CST
I don't think anyone would argue that 2016 has been a pretty horrible year. I've had a lot of personal losses, as well as the over 130 celebrity deaths this year, and the many other horrible things that have happened this year. To say it's been a bad year is an understatement, but it most certainly isn't the worst year in history like some people are claiming. I'm sure if you asked Holocaust survivors they'd disagree, or if you could talk to slaves, or people who survived the depression, or basically anyone from the early 1900s or before. At one time the average life expectancy was 30 or younger, people died of diseases and various illnesses that are treatable now. The technology we have now didn't exist, and while technology comes with it's own set of issues, medically speaking it's pretty remarkable, and being able to have friends all over the world is pretty neat. People back then were too busy trying to survive to care about a dead gorilla. Our problem now is that we have so much readily available that we tend to forget about how far we have come or about how much we have to be thankful for. We have come so far, and yes we still have a long way to go, but that doesn't mean we can't be proud over all that we've accomplished. We are just so busy trying to focus on what separates us than what should bring us together. There's nothing wrong with grieving over those we've lost and trying to make things better, but we also need to realize how good we have it over all in comparison to our ancestors. I refuse to call this the worst year in history, it's not. It's a pretty horrible year, but as a whole things could still be worse and have been. I guess it depends on how you look at things and where in the world you live. We have new issues they didn't have back in the day with the internet and with weapons, but life expectancy is pretty great in comparison to what it was, and yeah things are hard at times, but at one time things were still worse in their own ways, and I think we need to try to be grateful for the good things in our life as we move forward. It would be too depressing if we just saw all of the bad and ignored all of the good. No matter how bad life is, there is usually at least one thing in your life to be grateful for, and there's usually someone out there who has it worse than you do. I guess that's how I'm going to choose to look at it.
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@Madshadi (8951)
• Brussels, Belgium
29 Dec 16
I would say it is a very bad year and probably one of the worst in our history because of many tragic world events that we couldn't prevent, especially that in Syria.
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@sissy15 (5388)
• United States
29 Dec 16
Maybe one of the worst, but again that depends on how you look at it. I am sure there are worse things that have happened in history.
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@Madshadi (8951)
• Brussels, Belgium
29 Dec 16
@sissy15 yes there is always worse. And most parts of the world are doing fine, compared to last century and before that.
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@sissy15 (5388)
• United States
29 Dec 16
@Madshadi Definitely, there are still poor countries that struggle, but even a lot of then still have it better than their ancestors did, I mean now they have the help of some first world countries that their ancestors didn't have.
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@Anshu246 (1053)
• Patna, India
29 Dec 16
Last few years taught me many things..I have not spent much year and 2016 was the year I learnt a lot because of my bad experiences..and I will consider it a worst year because I have experienced worst experiences that I have never experienced before but I know I am going to learn much more experiences which can be more worst then I will say 2016 was not a worst year..but till my life it was worst..it is my view..
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@sissy15 (5388)
• United States
29 Dec 16
I am sure it was the worst year most of us have experienced in our lives, but not the worst over all.
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@Anshu246 (1053)
• Patna, India
29 Dec 16
@sissy15 yes..I hope, next year will be good for all of us..
@sissy15 (5388)
• United States
29 Dec 16
@Anshu246 Me too, we could definitely use a good year after a year like this one.
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@jstory07 (65293)
• Roseburg, Oregon
29 Dec 16
I hope 2017 will be a good year for all of us.
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@sissy15 (5388)
• United States
29 Dec 16
Me too, we could use a good year after this one.
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@shey816 (235)
29 Dec 16
Yes. There will always be something to be grateful for.
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@sissy15 (5388)
• United States
29 Dec 16
Always, even as we're at the very bottom of the barrel I'm sure we could come up with something if we tried.