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Human Time Bomb: The Violence Within Our Nature Paperback – February 17, 2020
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Many things get blamed for the violence and aggression in our culture (and in the world at large) in this day and age - video games and movies, gun laws and politics, a lack of parenting, a lack of religion, etc. But all such reasoning fails to look at the bigger picture.
This book however, looks not just at the here and now, but at human nature as a whole, around the world and throughout history. And in providing a more accurate and comprehensive understanding of why the world is such a violent place, it also creates the possibility that maybe one day we could learn how to better address this problem in our societies.
In spite of approaching this topic in such a comprehensive manner, this book was not at all overwhelming. It was actually a quick read and engaging throughout. The author makes his points succinctly and directly. Often I found a particular point would resonate with me, and I’d actually wish he hadn’t been so brief and would have gone into even more detail. However, all of his arguments are very well cited and he provides a very thorough list of resources at the end of the book, for anyone wanting to dig deeper into these topics. This is a very well researched book that provides a lot of deep insights.
According to the book, another major contributing factor to this violence is the development of technology. With the development of social media and other virtual engagement platforms, there has been a marked reduction in real-life connections between people, right from the family. The book references a number of global events with a special focus on America and Russia to support some of its postulations about the violent tendencies of human beings.
The book highlights that we have serious problems to deal with and many people are not paying enough attention to them.