Monday, May 30, 2016

The worst killer in human history?

There are many things that have killed humans throughout human history. Of course humans die from causes that are natural as well as human causes. Since the most humans live today, the deaths from natural causes pale to those suffering at human hands.

The top 10 causes of death

Major causes of death

Q: How many people die every year?

In 2012, an estimated 56 million people died worldwide.

Q: What kills more people: infectious diseases or noncommunicable diseases?

Noncommunicable diseases were responsible for 68% of all deaths globally in 2012, up from 60% in 2000. The 4 main NCDs are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases. Communicable, maternal, neonatal and nutrition conditions collectively were responsible for 23% of global deaths, and injuries caused 9% of all deaths.

Of course, if you add up all deaths from wars, death from preventable diseases, and deaths from poor government planning, I wonder if lies kill more people than anything else?  Lies about unsafe products, lies about the reasons for wars, lies about religion, lies about what government priorities should be and so on.

People think about violent acts as the main cause of all death. But is there any one cause more pervasive than falsity leading to death?

I know that there is no absolute truth, but getting closest to relative truth should be the noblest goal of all, perhaps because it has such an impact on humanity.