Speaking of wars:

Could you name for me five wars that occurred before the American revolution? How about five Wars that occurred in the 19th century? I’m sure, if you’re American, for the second question you could come up with the American Civil War, Napoleonic Wars, and the War of 1812- and I would be pleased to hear someone mention the Opium Wars, but I would not expect you to come up with the Mexican American War, the Russo- Japanese war, the Spanish- American War, the Finnish Wars, the Rum Rebellion, or the Lamu Expansion. Here’s a fun exercise, look up the list of wars during the 19th century and try to memorize them. Let me know how you did below.

Interestingly, in the modern arena, warfare has become increasingly cyber, precise, and isolated. Major powers like the US, Russia, and China have seen a decrease in value for large scale wars and have switched to economic and trade based warfare, computerized weaponry, and proxy warfare.

In the US today the average modern soldier can expect to screw on bolts for $40k a year for five years and then go home free, so long as he or she is not sent overseas to a proxy war- which for our purposes is a civil war somewhere else that we have a vested interest in. The Wars in Afghanistan and Syria are examples of this. In those regions there is a potential for a democratic government to rise and democratic governments trade with democratic governments, so we want “our side” to win (obviously I’m spit balling here).

Pinker goes into good detail about this, but I can offer for you a video that covers the topic of the increase in civil wars and decrease in large scale border invasions over time:

To be honest Kurzgesagt is doing a better job than I am on this…
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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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