How do you feel about the world today? When you look around at your life, the media, and historic or current events- what conclusions do you come to about global trends? Does the world seem like it’s getting worse?

In a world of White Nationalism, Atomic Bombs, global warming, patriarchy, mass shootings, Election meddling, and increasingly autocratic government policies it can seem hard to view our world as anything but a stream of negativity that has only gotten worse over time.

Here in the US, our media system seems set up to bombard us with constant negativity to the point that frequent news check-ups (whether you are conservative or liberal in your ideologies) leaves you with an understanding that our world is increasingly becoming amoral, that more people are against your views, and that more disasters are befalling us every day than had decades ago.

Today I’m going to argue that this world is not getting worse, that instead it is getting safer and that this trend may be a psychological phenomena that will continue into our future.

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9 thoughts on “An Uplifting Reality; Steven Pinker and a Revelation on violence- ABKpsych/ In Reviewniverse

  1. This is a very well written, thoughtful, confronting and challenging read – I am a New Zealander and am still utterly devastated by the very recent atrocity against Muslim people, while they were praying, in their mosque. 50 innocent people were murdered in what I thought was my peaceful and largely accepting country. I read somewhere that for our population size, this is equivalent to a mass murder of over 3000 people in the US. So, for me, the idea that hate and violence may be actually decreasing on the whole is a hard to see but a little comforting. It seems radicalization and extremism is rife, and I fear so much for the current global political environment. What I would say is that the response from the NZ community has been one of togetherness and deepest respect and empathy. There are some amazing photos of our priminkster wearing a hijab, and there has been a public outpouring of grief and support.
    On a personal level, I admire you so much in sharing that you have been a victim yourself. It takes courage and strength. Many find this too hard to do themselves but draw strength and inspiration from people who do…
    Thank you for posting this.

    1. I’m glad to see that after so much violence from hatred and anger the response in New Zealand is inclusive and sane. I hope the best for your country in these times.

      As always thank you so much for reading and leaving such a thoughtful comment- it means a lot to me!

  2. Powerful article, arguing is became part of our lives, it became so normal, that it doesn’t even surprise people anymore..The world is changing and sadly in to the dark part

    1. I’m sorry you feel that way! Hopefully this article shed some light on how the world is actually getting better for us over time. I really recommend The Better Angels of our Nature. I think it gives a much nicer view of our world and a good case for optimism!

      Thanks for reading and for commenting. Keep writing my friend.

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