People Are Getting Nicer. Really.

The world is becoming a safer, more civilized place.

Love not war, hugs not bombs.

Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Getty Images

In recent days, we’ve seen the eruption of protests in response to the choking death of Eric Garner, the fatal shooting of Michael Brown and other episodes of police violence. We’ve also learned of the true brutality and extent of the CIA’s torture program. Meanwhile, on the international stage, we’ve watched the depredations of ISIS, whose savagery recalls the Middle Ages, and the return of war to Europe in the form of Vladimir Putin’s campaign to turn Ukraine into a failed state. It's as if the old adage, that violence and war will always be with us, is being proven right.

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