December 19, 2010 It’s always been bad, everywhere.
Man I really needed this RabioLab, The Good Show, about the science of altruism. I just finished reading Armageddon in Retrospect which includes more of Vonnegut’s experiences outside of Dresden during and after the bombings of WWII and I was feeling a little down, mass murder does that too me.
I often find myself getting cynical about the state of the Earth, that cruelty is the norm and kindness is a recent aberration. But there is some science out there that suggests that kindness will win in the long run. And maybe civilization isn’t flawed and fake. Maybe we’ve created a little pocket of kindness that’s going to spread worldwide.