Just in time

The news feed on my phone was enough to make a person go back to bed and pull the covers over his face: murder hornets, locusts, fireworks every night (and all night), cicadas, a massive dust storm, a town above the Arctic Circle hitting 100 degrees, all on top of the corona virus pandemic and racial unrest.
Then I found a package in my mailbox. And my heart leapt.
It was a new book I’d heard about. Three copies of it. One for me, one for my nephew who brought it to my attention, and one for my son in LA, who as the father of a one-month-old baby needs it far more than the other two of us.
The book, “Humankind,” is subtitled “A Hopeful History.” A quote on the cover reads: “Humankind changes the conversation and lights the path to a brighter future.”
My enthusiasm can best be explained by the first few sentences on the very first page:
This book is about a radical idea.
An idea that’s long been known to make rulers nervous. An idea denied by religions and ideologies, ignored by the news media and erased from the annals of world history.
At the same time, it’s an idea that’s legitimized by virtually every branch of science. One that’s corroborated by evolution and confirmed by everyday life. An idea so intrinsic to human nature that it goes unnoticed and gets overlooked.
If only we had the courage to take it more seriously, it’s an idea that might just start a revolution. Turn society on its head. Because once you grasp what it really means , it’s nothing less than a mind-bending drug that ensures you’ll never look at the world the same way again.
So what is this radical idea?
That most people, deep down, are pretty decent.

I hope and pray that author Rutger Bregman is right.
He has to be right.
It’s our only hope.

Ed Ackerman