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Humankind

Rutger Bregman

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In Humankind, author Rutger Bregman takes an optimistic look at the history of humanity, advocating for the notion that most people are fundamentally decent.

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Humankind

Humankind

by Rutger Bregman

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In times of catastrophe, how does humanity respond? Do we fight each other for scraps or risk our lives to help our fellow man? While many people believe that humans are inherently selfish and self-interested, there's much evidence to suggest that the opposite is true.

In this book, Dutch historian and author Rutger Bregman sets out to prove that most humans are fundamentally good, drawing from a wealth of research on historical events and psychological experiments.

From the earliest humans to present-day society, Humankind: A Hopeful History examines who we really are at our core. Bregman finds that the common stories we often tell about the dark side of humanity don't capture the full picture, ultimately advocating for a society that expects more good from people.

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My argument is simply this: that we – by nature, as children, on an uninhabited island, when war breaks out, when crisis hits – have a powerful preference for our good side.

- Rutger Bregman

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