From the author of the internationally bestselling Utopia for Realists comes this extraordinary, uplifting history of human capacity for kindness.
Human beings, we’re taught, are by nature selfish and governed by self-interest. Contesting the idea that we are innately self-seeking and chiefly driven by egotistic goals, Rutger Bregman offers a very different and optimistic interpretation of the last 200,000 years of human history.
From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the co-operation seen in the aftermath of the Blitz, the hidden flaws in the Stanford Prison Experiment to the true story of the Kitty Genovese murder, Bregman shows how believing in human kindness and altruism can be a new way to think – and act as the foundation for achieving true change in our society.
Fresh, urgent and inspiring, Humankind shows how the recognition of kindness around us – and within us – can help us to achieve that real positive change.
It is time for a new view of human nature.
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