if there is one belief that has connected philosophers and psychologists, the left and the right, modern thinkers and ancient ones,It’s the implicit assumption that humans are bad.
It’s an idea that guides the laws and headlines. Hobbes, Machiavelli, Freud, Pinker, This belief has deep roots in Western thought. We learned that humans are inherently selfish and primarily self-interested.
But what if it isn’t true? Rutger Bregman, a global bestseller, offers a new perspective on the past 200,000 years of human history,setting out to prove that we are diligent in kindness, Oriented towards cooperation rather than competition, And they tend to trust rather than distrust each other. In fact, this instinct has a firm evolutionary basis dating back to the beginning of Homo sapiens.
From solidarity in the aftermath of the Blitz to realistic Lord of the Flies,the true story of the twin brothers on opposite sides who helped Mandela end apartheid to the Hidden flaws in the Stanford Prison Experiment, the author shows us that a belief in human collaboration and generosity isn’t only being optimistic, it’s realistic, it has big ramifications for how society functions. When we think the worst of people, it brings out the worst in our economics and politics. but believing in humanity’s kindness and altruism, it’ll achieve true change in society, A case that Bergman made convincing with his distinguished intelligence, refreshing honesty and frankness, and memorable storytelling.
“Humankind made me see humanity from a fresh perspective.” —Yuval Noah Harari, author of the #1 bestseller Sapiens