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    Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. He argues persuasively that we are living in the most peaceful period in human history and that rates of violence are orders of magnitude lower than what they used to be.

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 09:39:46 AM PST

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      Sounds like my kind of reading!  And I agree with that assessment.  We still have that lizard brain component that drives some really crazy fear-based thinking and behavior, but we seem to be using our cognitive resources and behaving more wisely.  

      Parable:  I live in Texas, the land of the free and home of the armed.  Politically idiotic short-sighted people are running us into the ground, but I live in paradise in the friendliest town I've ever been in.  I can't get through the grocery store without several conversations, including the cashier and the bagger dude.  

      We have 5 stoplights, the uncontrolled intersections require some politeness, and I've rarely seen selfishness win.

      When my mom died we had people delivering food all day long for 3 days.  We chose the small chapel for her service because she was the last of her siblings and my generation is widely spread out and very busy.  The chapel was packed - people from my church, my sister's churches, AA and Al-Anon, the Community Chorus, the Library where I volunteer 4 hours a week.  People from another church who volunteered for My New Best Friend, a senior program that gave us one morning a week for errands when we were mom's caretakers full time.   The music was spectacular with all those singers there, and it was so comforting to look up and see friends who loved her and love us and wanted to be there for us.

      Every day I live in a world where people are kind and generous.  Every day I read about a world where people are hideous, cruel, selfish.  It's fantasy to think that the bad things aren't real and don't need addressing, but the good so vastly outweighs the bad when we look for it and cherish it.  

      I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

      by I love OCD on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 10:00:14 AM PST

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