Kind by nature: Have faith in humanity

Radical thinker Rutger Bregman paints a new, more beautiful portrait of humanity.

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Optimism is what runs the world, and cynicism only serves as an excuse for the lazy.

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Are humans wired for conflict? Lord of the Flies vs. Charles Darwin

We make school kids read "Lord of the Flies"—but it's only half the story.

  • The iconic novel "Lord of the Flies" paints a picture of human beings as naturally selfish and prone to conflict, but that is not the most accurate depiction of humanity, argues historian Rutger Bregman.
  • Bregman shares a true story from his research about a group of Tongan students who survived on an island together for 15 months in 1965, not through brutal alliances, but by working together and forming a functional community.
  • Darwin's observation of domestication syndrome is apparent in humans, argues Bregman; our evolution into friendlier animals can be seen in our biological features and responses. Evolutionarily speaking, being "soft" is actually very smart, and we evolved to cooperate with one another for mutual gain.
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Be like Anastasia: Life in a New Age Slavic homestead

Anastasia lives alone in perfect harmony with nature – or so the story goes – and nature serves her devotedly.

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Far, far away there lives a little girl who spends entire days playing in the forest.
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One is the loneliest number: the history of a Western problem

The negative associations of introversion help to explain why loneliness now carries such social stigma.

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'God, but life is loneliness,' declared the writer Sylvia Plath in her private journals.
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Doing good may make people look better

Experts on the science of giving look into whether there's another possible upside to doing good: physical attractiveness.

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Giving is good for you.

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