The Rational Optimist


One of the main things I have always loved about history is how it smacks you in the face with perspective. For a long time I complained about the situation I was in; angrily and enviously gazing at people with exciting or high-paying jobs and thinking that I was destined to a life of misery in these “terrible jobs”. I whined about how unfair it was that I had to save up to purchase a book I wanted to read while others got to circumnavigate the globe on their yacht. Then I graduated the second grade. Eventually I read this book and it changed the way I saw the modern human condition. With history and common sense it makes a compelling case for why instead of sitting around hoping to win the lottery, we should realize that we won it long ago; the moment we were born into this time period.


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