Royce Shook

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It is a wonderful world

I was listening to the great song by Louis Armstrong, It’s a Wonderful World and I thought it is not only the beauty of the world expressed in the lyrics below that makes this a wonderful world.

I see trees of green

Red roses too

I see them bloom

For me and you

And I think to myself

What a wonderful world

I see skies of blue

And clouds of white

The bright blessed day

The dark sacred night

And I think to myself

What a wonderful world

The colors of the rainbow

So pretty in the sky

Are also on the faces

Of people going by

I see friends shaking hands

Saying how do you do

They're really saying

I love you

I hear babies cry

I watch them grow

They'll learn much more

Than I'll ever know

And I think to myself

What a wonderful world

Yes, I think to myself

What a wonderful world

Ooh, yes

I was looking at the increase in life expectancy around the world and came across the following chart. This chart is the World historical and predicted total life expectancy at birth (1950–2050)

Life Expectancy at Birth (LEB): total World population: 71.4 years

Total male: 69.1 years, female: 73.8 years

Years               LEB              Years               LEB

1950–1955 47.9             2000–2005     67.2

1955–1960 49.3             2005–2010     69.1

1960–1965 51.2             2010–2015     70.8

1965–1970 55.5             2015–2020     72.0

1970–1975 58.1             2020–2025     73.0

1975–1980 60.3             2025–2030     73.8

1980–1985 62.1             2030–2035     74.7

1985–1990 63.7             2035–2040     75.5

1990–1995 64.6              2040–2045     76.2

1995–2000 65.7              2045–2050      77.0

As you see it is a wonderful world because even with the pandemic, our life expectancy as a race is going up. So, children born in 2020 to 2025 can expect to live until they are 73. Bear in mind that this is an average for the world. There will be countries where life expectancy at birth is higher than 73 and countries where the life expectancy at birth is lower. But since 1950 life expectancy has grown on average 24.1 years. This speaks to the advances we have made worldwide, in medicine, infant mortality and understanding of what we need to do to live longer. It is truly a wonderful world.

It is a wonderful world

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John Rylance

6 months ago #1

It truly is Royce. As someone born in the 1940s reading the chart I feel for over thirty years I've been living on borrowed time, and what wonderful years they have been, long may it continue, virus or no virus.

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