By Alexander Green
Music into the scoop and you’ll pay attention tales of battle, ailment, usual failures, corruption, violence, poverty, crime, nuclear proliferation, terrorism and political disorder in Washington. Polls express many think the yank dream is fading, our youngsters face restricted possibilities, and the rustic is decidedly at the improper track. but this dour point of view – one recycled 24/7 via the nationwide media – is a gross distortion of the area we are living in today.
As nationwide funding specialist and bestselling writer Alexander eco-friendly unearths during this engrossing and provocative new ebook, the human race hasn't ever had it so good. within the West this day, we paintings shorter hours, have extra buying strength, get pleasure from items and providers in nearly unlimited offer, and feature extra rest time than ever before. dwelling criteria are the top they've got ever been. The human lifestyles span has approximately doubled during the last hundred years. Literacy and schooling degrees – even I.Q.’s – are at all-time highs. know-how and drugs are revolutionizing our lives. All varieties of toxins – apart from greenhouse gases – are in decline. entry to the humanities hasn't ever been greater. Crime is in a long term cycle of decline. And the chance of loss of life by way of violence hasn't ever been smaller for many of humanity.
By nearly each degree, our lives this present day are filthy rich past measure. we're all inheritor to an embarrassment of riches. but – thank you largely the drumbeat of unfavorable media assurance – such a lot people don’t detect it. eco-friendly compares the typical citizen to “a lottery winner whose price ticket is misplaced in a few upstairs drawer.”
The outcomes of adopting the cynical yet well known worldview are many, together with pointless pessimism, neglected funding possibilities, and – strangely – even poorer future health. but An Embarrassment of Riches presents a robust antidote.
Green starts with a powerful survey of the numerous methods our lives have gotten longer, more straightforward, more secure, fitter and extra prosperous. He then embarks on a wide-ranging exploration of the information and the numerous women and men – either residing and useless – which are nonetheless enriching our lives today.
Among the numerous matters explored are American exceptionalism, the extreme strength of financial freedom, the lifesaving function of medication and know-how, the life-extending advantages of optimism, the novel theology of Thomas Jefferson, the keys to civility and greatness, the knowledge of Confucius and Aristotle, the facility of good looks to counterpoint our lives, or even one artist’s thought-provoking tackle “how to defeat death.”
In An Embarrassment of Riches, New York Times bestselling writer Alexander eco-friendly bargains a holistic method of wealth – and gives a welcome standpoint that permits us to reside fuller, richer lives.
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