Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly

The Two Percent Perspective

Last Christmas morning you were probably not listening to the radio as you opened presents. I know we weren’t. But that is when Morning Edition broadcast a short interview with me on the subject of progress. I guess in the spirit of things cosmic and joyful, they let me rant about the reason I am an optimist. You can listen to the segment here, but I can sum the story by saying that I am optimistic because I think that while disease, illness, stupidity, wickedness, problems, and evil fill 49% of the world, health, wisdom, light and goodness  fill 51% — and that tiny 2% difference compounded over time is what makes civilization and cultural.

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More audio details at “Weighing the Good and Bad at Christmastime“, NPR  Morning Edition, Christmas Day 2007.


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