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The Intelligent Optimist's Guide to Life by Jurriaan Kamp

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[chapter 4]

THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE THAN YOU THINK

Turn off the television. Forget the news. The facts aredifferent than you are made to believe.

IT’S GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME

When you read the paper, surf the Web, or watch the news, you may conclude that our world is in dire straits. All indicators appear to point in the wrong direction. But that’s not the case. It’s the outcome of biased views based on the prevailing pessimism of our age. Compared to the recent and distant past we’re doing much better on almost every front than our ancestors. And, yet, we keep hearing that the future will be nothing but disastrous. If 10,000 years and more is our guide, that’s simply not true.

Here’s an overview of the news you don’t hear. It’s our well-documented ...

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