Thoughts On Hope, Cynicism & Stories We Tell Ourselves

"Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. Hope without critical thinking is naiveté." What is the capital "T" truth when it comes to the state of affairs in our world today? Are we better off than we were before? Are we coming apart at the seams? Can we even know? Maria Popova of Brain Pickings offers her thoughts on how news and the media shape our perceptions of the now, and the crucial importance of maintaining balance.