The natural inclination for humans to view life pessimistically from their narrow subjective perspective has distorted the truth about war and violence. Many think the world now is every bit as violent as it was in the past, if not more so. However, a quick examination of history conclusively shows that the world is not more violent now than in the past, and there is reason to believe that this trend will continue. I’d like to discuss the causes behind this trend, and make some projections.
The rich soil providing foundation and nutrients to this trend consists of the dynamics among economics, technology and longevity and free time. Longer lifespans mean more productivity and less subsistence work which has, in turn, resulted in higher educations and more scientific experimentation. Scientific knowledge has produced incredible technologies that have also added to productivity and stronger economics. These then loop back into greater longevity and leisure.
Upon this foundation grows an increasing global identity now accessible to nearly every human on the face of the Earth. This common identity is a function of commonality in several areas.