I doorstep Humankind.

Another wee ramblette, this time coursing around Rutger Bregman’s “Humankind – a Hopeful History”.

Like most folks, I’m guessing, I found it refreshingly philosophically upful. The author takes on Nearly Everything Negative in the history of history, psychology, government and everything. But Bregman works ver-ry hard to convince us that this is fact-based, science-based view of human activity as opposed to merely the polemic of a raving optimist. I’m behind both the book’s sunny disposition and the notion that all that positivity springs from material evidence.

Humankind is statistically and in reality much more likely to do good/be good when observed neutrally – as opposed to being directed or traduced by some politician, warmonger or scientist conducting a bent experiment. Read the book. It’s extraordinary, ambitious, endearing – some of you may find it deeply and powerfully energising.

But hey: may write more later. In the meantime go listen to my customarily anti-professional reflections… and then GO READ THE BOOK!

#RutgerBregman #Humankind #BloomsburyBooks

The link to my review is here – https://youtu.be/G1Gb7NbJf9g

Hmmm. O-kaay. Under-rehearsed & maybe over-general. But I hope you get the sense that a) I like the book, for it’s combination of upful zeal & scientific weight… & b) that I have no doubt we really should be considering the radical shifts it implies, around everything from how/why we incarcerate people, to how we structure employment & community administration (for example).
 
As I said I think I’m still trying to compute exactly how convincing “Humankind” is – although I believe in the author’s integrity & intent.  Is there something of a danger that because Bregman engages so boldly & breezily with so many enormous ‘givens’ it’s hard to deconstruct so many of these ‘facts of life/ways of being’ all at once?
Could it be, therefore that I/we need to scramble a wee bit to catch up? We have a lot of dislodging of prejudices &/or assumptions to accomplish.
 
I like this book. It’s demanding, it’s invigorating & it places love, actually, at the heart of all things. People ARE mostly decent.

 

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