Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World—and Why Things Are Better Than You ThinkeBook - 2018
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Recommended by Chris Hadfield. Chris was the first Canadian to walk in space, and served as Commander of the International Space Station.
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Every group of people I ask thinks the world is more frightening, more violent, and more hopeless—in short, more dramatic—than it really is.
Here’s the paradox: the image of a dangerous world has never been broadcast more effectively than it is now, while the world has never been less violent and more safe.
“When someone threatens you with a machete, never turn your back. Stand still. Look him straight in the eye and ask him what the problem is.”
Resist blaming any one individual or group of individuals for anything. Because the problem is that when we identify the bad guy, we are done thinking. And it's almost always more complicated than that. It's almost always about multiple interacting causes--a system. If you really want to change the world, you have to understand how it actually works. . . . Blaming an individual often steals the focus from other possible explanations and blocks our ability to prevent similar problems in the future. . . . Accept that bad things can happen without anyone intending them to.”
Canada's per capita CO2 emissions are still twice as high as China's and eight times as high as India's. pg 215
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