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Tuesday, May 2, 2023: Twice a week we bring you informational, educational, inspirational, and entertaining messages. This edition showcases the following topic:

  • Tuesday Information and Education Shortly after the New Year showed up on January 1, 2018, Nick Kristof wrote in the New York Times that, contrary to widespread belief, “2017 was probably the very best year in the long history of humanity.”
  • Kristof’s point echoes the gist of Steven Pinker’s monumental study, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. Pinker and Kristof both point out that we have come to doubt the goodness of human nature and to fear the worst among us thanks to the incessant reporting of violent, destructive, murderous, and just downright nasty behavior in most of our mass media news coverage.
  • When I was teaching leadership studies at Ripon College, I made a habit of asking students in my intro course how many had ever witnessed a murder. Over 33 years of teaching that course twice a year, only one person out of some 3,000 students ever raised a hand. Then I would ask how many had seen at least 50 murders on TV, and every hand in every course in every semester went up. Find out more from Nick Kristof's article at https://www.ourbetterangels.org/good-news/good-news

  • Coming Up on Friday – Inspiration and Fun.

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