With each new dispiriting headline, it’s hard not to feel that the world is sinking deeper into chaos, hatred and irrationality. But is modernity really failing? Or have we failed to appreciate the progress we have made, and the ideals that make it possible?
Acclaimed global thinker Steven Pinker argues that though we continue to face formidable challenges in our world today, we must also recognise and celebrate the remarkable gains that have been made in every measure of human wellbeing. If you follow trendlines rather than headlines, you discover that our lives have become longer, healthier, safer and more prosperous – not just in the West, but worldwide.
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