I argue that viewed from a total perspective violence is trending towards the negative and that over time we are becoming a species that looks for more respect among individuals. We have grown a desire for a sort of egoistic altruism, or at the very least as many positive sum games as can be afforded in time. I do not want to deny that our world is due for a significant change in policies to be more inclusive and respectful towards others and the choices they make in their lives. But I feel that we need to have an optimistic look at the trends- life really is getting better for the majority of us, and it might continue to do so.
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