It Could Always Be Worse – or Could It?

As the new year gets underway, we pause to consider the progress human beings have made in overcoming violence and oppression.  At times it may seem that human nature is inherently war-like and xenophobic, but is that really the case?  Aren’t we becoming more civilized?  Perhaps it depends upon one’s perspective.  Perhaps the “better angels of our nature” really are winning out!