Humankind - A Hopeful History

Rutger Bregman

Key Facts and Insights from 'Humankind - A Hopeful History'

  1. Contrary to mainstream belief, human beings are inherently good and cooperative.
  2. Our evolutionary history supports the theory of survival of the friendliest, not the fittest.
  3. Most humans are not ego-driven but rather motivated by intrinsic factors like autonomy, competence and relatedness.
  4. Power corrupts and fosters suspicion and negativity, impeding our natural inclination to trust and cooperate.
  5. Society's institutions often amplify our worst instincts rather than our best.
  6. Reconsidering our views on human nature can help reshape our societies and institutions in a more positive, productive way.
  7. Modern education should...

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