I keep telling people that really, it’s going to get better soon. Here’s something that says it is better than we think.
STEVEN PINKER: Believe it or not—and I know most people do not—violence has been in decline over long stretches of time, and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species’ existence. The decline of violence, to be sure, has not been steady; it has not brought violence down to zero (to put it mildly); and it is not guaranteed to continue. But I hope to convince you that it’s a persistent historical development, visible on scales from millennia to years, from the waging of wars and perpetration of genocides to the spanking of children and the treatment of animals.
I was going to write about the utter failure of communication that keeps happening around me. I could write about needing to hide the scissors at work today. But this is happier.
A tree on campus, with grafts.