Ed McCurdy’s dream may be coming true. In 1950 he penned the lyrics for a song that inspired the peace movement. The lines that galvanized those who heard and sang “Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream” were:
“I dreamed the world had all agreed
To put an end to war.”
The dream is in sight, and mainstream media may look pretty foolish when historians look back from the 22nd century. With crime and violence at historic lows, the astonishing spread of peace still gets little coverage. Writing about the global decline in violence, Globe and Mail columnist Doug Saunders writes:
“Violent crime has become a rarity, rather than a part of daily life, almost everywhere.
“I realize this. Yet I am also guilty of helping create the opposite perception. I have reported on dozens of murders, more than one mass slaying, and I have done much reporting from Afghanistan, Libya, Bosnia, Kosovo and other places stricken with violence. I offer no apology: We need to know about these things. But the totality of all these front pages does create a false perception of the state of the world.”
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