Some say that the world is becoming a better place in which to live, but we are exposed to an increasing number of dangers. Hence, I think that the world is an increasingly dangerous place in which to live for several reasons.
Firstly, we are shadowed with the threat of nuclear war, where entire nations are at risk of being annihilated. There aren’t any extreme war cases as World War 2, but we hear of many acts of violence and threats of mass destruction. These are due to terrorism and experimentation with nuclear weapons. We often hear of suicide bombers in Iraq and of nuclear weapon building in North Korea. This, therefore, indicates that today’s world is an increasingly dangerous one.
Secondly, natural disasters are on the increase. We are all aware of the recent earthquake disaster that occurred in Japan, and the massive destruction that it caused. Not to mention the thousands of fatalities. Mans greed has led to the misuse of natural resources, which together with global warming, has resulted in the world experiencing an increase in occurrence of earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, hurricanes, and volcanic eruptions. It is foolish to think that this world is safe.
Thirdly, disease is another threat to the human race. The amount of incurable diseases, like cancers, heart diseases, strokes, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s, are rapidly increasing. In the United States, there are 321.9 deaths per 100,000 people, due to cancer. The pace of life has increased drastically, resulting in extra pressure on humankind. Hence, stress levels have risen, which have a negative impact on health. Due to time constraints, people are turning to the efficiency of fast food, which lack in essential nutrients, thereby compromising their health.
Fourthly, more crime exists than in the past. Those who watch and listen to the news will take note of criminal incidences that often take place, such as hijackings, robberies, murders, rape and kidnappings, especially in third world countries with poor economies, and high percentages of unemployment and poverty. People who lack basic needs, such as housing, sanitation, food and clothing, will resort to criminal practices, in order to fulfill these needs.
Lastly, and this is often linked to poverty, we have an increase in gangster activity. It’s usually the youth, searching for an identity and a place of belonging, who join gangs. Dangers concerning these are numerous. They range from fighting other gang members, to participating in thefts, gang rapes, drive-by shootings, or even murders. These crimes are often associated with alcohol and drug abuse. Clearly, where there are gangsters, the crime rate rises.
In conclusion, these are just some of the dangers that we face, and they prove that this world is an increasingly dangerous place. We don’t know when misfortune may befall us so we have to be cautious all the time. With the increase in nuclear weaponry, natural disasters and resource depletion we are spiraling into a dangerous state. The decline in general health standards and fast passed living riddled with increased crime and corruption are concerning factors. All these things I have indicated clearly indicate the increased danger on a global scale.