When you read books that challenge your worldview, you have to look at the evidence that is given and try to interpret it as it really is aside from the biases life has given you. You need to strive every day to push against your strongly held opinions of the world and form only those that have for you no value– those that if shown to be wrong can be changed.
No one likes a person who sits in the middle and chooses no side- but those who do sit in the middle have a far better understanding of the world around them. Look at your life, your surroundings. Do you see a future of fire? If it isn’t there, then maybe it isn’t everywhere else either. If everyone believes their own lives will improve, then don’t you think the lives of us all will gradually improve? And more importantly, how will you use your knowledge to help further the long-term progress?
These are the things you will consider while reading this book. I could go on about what it contains for fifteen or twenty more pages, but I think it’s best to leave off here and let you decide for yourself. If you choose to get this book- I have left links to it below, but it can be found anywhere as Steven Pinker is a well known intellectual.
Keep growing, my friends.
Economic illiteracy among leftists: Buturovic & Klein 2010; see also Caplan 2007
Economic illiteracy follow-up and retraction: Klein & Buturovic 2011