We’re Not Living in the ‘End Times’
For many years I’ve firmly believed that our perception of violence and crime in the world around us has been incorrectly warped by a combination of our expectations and media reporting. I have expressed the opinion that, if we were to break the figures for violent crime (including wars) down to a percentage of people killed, or committing the acts, per head of population then we would see that the world was no worse than it was 50, 100, 200, or even a thousand years ago – the same percentage of people would be sociopaths, or lean towards criminality or violence. I regularly stated that I believed that our perception of crime due to almost instant reporting of events thousands of miles away, events that might have taken years to reach us if they did at all 200 years ago, makes us believe that life is a constant state of war and crime for the vast majority of our species.
The media is certainly partly responsible for this, daily reporting the wars and violence that seemingly rages across the surface of our world in an ever increasing wave, but I felt that this was giving an incorrect view.
I was wrong.
No doubt to the absolute horror of the many Armageddon obsessed death cults that exist in the world today (including both Christianity and Islam) who have to believe things are getting worse for their Bronze and Iron Age books of Myths to be true, the world is actually getting better.
Just watch this TEDD talk by Steven Pinker –