Jan 17, 2019
True or false: The world is worse than ever
My friends, today’s guest shares hard facts as to why this is
the best time in human history. He’ll expose which elements of your
life are making you feel otherwise. Most importantly, he'll share
the value of recapturing a true, positive perspective + what it
could mean for your relationships, business, life + world.
Gregg Easterbrook is the New York Times
Bestselling author of the book It’s Better Than It Looks:
Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear. Today, he
reminds us that it’s great day and the best is truly yet to
- The United States is in its best condition it’s ever
been: Pollution, discrimination, rate of heart
disease + cancer are trending down. Life expectancy,
education, living standards, middle class income, human freedom are
- Globally, we are better off: Global
malnutrition and extreme poverty are at the lowest levels in
history. Twenty five years ago, 40% of the global population was
malnourished. Twenty five years ago, global extreme poverty
was 40% v. 10% today.
- So why do we feel like things are worse today?
- Social media exaggerates the negative and buries the
- The physical proximity (and frequency) of social media to our
faces enhances its psychological impact.
- Negative news sells, distorting its pervasiveness and our
- We allow personal anecdotes to sway our overall outlook.
- Optimists think problems can be fixed.
Pessimists thinks we are doomed. Being optimistic is a choice that
we make. Our country was built on optimists.
- It’s easy to feel bitter—it’s the path of least resistance.
Being an optimist is hard but rewarding.
- The trend of civilization is forever upward, we should
be hopeful because the best is yet to come.
- Get Gregg Easterbrook's book It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons
for Optimism in an Age of Fear.
- Get Gregg Easterbrook's book Beside Still Water: Searching for
Meaning in an Age of Doubt.
- Check out Gregg’s weekly “Tuesday Morning Quarter Back” column
that he’s written for 17 years, here.
GREGG EASTERBROOK LIVE
- What is the best book you’ve ever
read? Willa Cather’s My Antonia
- What is a characteristic or trait that you possessed as
a child that you wish you still exhibited
today? Besides being slender? More outgoing.
- Your house is on fire, all living things and people are
out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one
item. What would it be? My flash drive with
my next book which grows out of Beside Still Water.
- You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous
beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with
anyone living or dead. Who would it be? Jesus, the
greatest moral philosopher of the sapiens and the first question
would be, “is there hope?”.
- What is the best advice you’ve ever
received? I view myself as an artist, not a
journalist. “Listen to your muse.” A muse often tells you things
you wish you didn’t hear. Follow your muse wherever she leads
- What advice would you give your 20-year-old
self? If you want to make a lot of money as a writer,
chose one genre and stick to it.
- It’s been said that all great people can have their
lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to
read? He was debonair.
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