I’m back at work and it’s a new year — at least according to the Vatican, or more accurately Pope Gregory XIII who, in 1582, established the West’s current calendar system. This is a time when we do top ten lists.
It’s a way to feel like we are imposing order on chaos. Illusory, but it feels good — and gets web hits.
I was going to do a top ten list of my posts, but then couldn’t figure out on what basis to rank them. Popularity on the web isn’t always the best measure and my personal judgment is even worse.
So I thought maybe I’d do a top ten list of the most neglected issues of global health and development … but then realized if I identified ten neglected health and poverty issues I would almost certainly be guilty of neglecting other issues even more.
Instead, I have arbitrarily compiled a top ten list of other people’s lists: Continue reading