Book review
5/5

Is humanity on lockdown?

Read time – 2:08 minutes

 

Negative nellies are all around us. You switch on the news. There is a constant reminder of what society should not be, but is. Our ever so impressionable minds since a young age fall victim to this belief that all happenings around us are negative, so life, in general, is a big negative.

 

There is nothing good that is happening around us at all. It seems that humankind has lost its sense of self. Even if there are some positives, they fall short considering the sheer amount of negativity that prevails around us.

 

Ever wondered why is this the case that we FALSELY believe all of this to be the truth?

Why do we believe that there is nothing positive happening around us at all? Why is it that we systemically believe that all humanity is against certain basic virtues that were only present in societies thousands of years ago? Why has compassion died out so overwhelmingly that we fail to acknowledge any wrongdoings and even do something about them?

 

Humankind, where did you go wrong?!

 

But then, there are people, even though in minority, who believe otherwise. 

There must be something good in history that has shaped the world today.

 

There must be some good in humankind that would have trickled down in societies of the golden past.

 

If that is the case, why don’t we know about it?

 

It is because we have not picked up the book Humankind: A hopeful history by Rutger Bregman. 

 

Humankind: A hopeful history takes you through a journey of how early humans established a moral code of conduct for themselves, that was filled with humanity and draws an analysis of where we went wrong today!

 

It is a refreshing read about how certain systems around the world, be it businesses or prisons, have approached their systems differently and, with humanity, to bring about a positive change in society.

 

The must-read section of the book is how selectively media houses target us to ensure we live in a constant state of doom.

 

Humankind: A hopeful history also mentions the survival of the friendliest and how we have been evolved to be a friendlier version of our not so well-dressed homo sapiens!

 

Humankind has been belligerent, up in arms with each other, and never meant any good to thy neighbours. Contrary to that, Humankind: A hopeful history mentions that neither early man nor even soldiers during wars had a longing for it! The cave paintings across the world only depict the hunting of animals, and not of wars. In 1863, in the Battle of Gettysburg during the American civil war, a whopping 90% of muskets were still loaded!

 

The age-old question of what drives people to be so evil is also touched upon in Humankind: A hopeful history.

 

This book is like a cucumber, not for your eyes, but your brains! It filters out the unnecessary beliefs and archaic psychological studies that should have died out years ago but unfortunately stems out our belief of how the modern world should work.

 

After this read, you feel the need to be more hopeful about humankind and diligently absorb information around you in a more positive and hopeful manner.