Things really aren’t that bad. But we like to think they are.
Human nature being as it is, every decade or two someone has to write a book to set us straight and cheer us up. People all too readily overlook astonishing improvements as they rapidly become parts of daily life, and swallow uncritically assertions that disaster waits right around the corner. The books are the works of scholarship, sometimes dry and sometimes sly, that debunk the doomsayers and remind us how fortunate we are to be alive in these times.
Originally published: December 26, 2018
Author: Mitch Daniels
Institution: Purdue University
Published by: The Washington Post