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Kofu Fosu Forson
Jose Antonio Vargas
Jeffrey Cyphers Wright
I am unconvinced that a state of Hobbesian anxiety has ever, truly existed. My instincts tell me otherwise. Surely, after we stood up, the occasion of the first coming together of homo sapiens was amicable. Here now, 200,000 years later, I sit in a bar full of knives and glass and strangers, and I have no fear. Steven Pinker claims we are becoming better angels. Yet, confusingly, I remain skeptical. On just this day, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the DRC, Honduras, Ciudad Juárez, Detroit, Baghdad, and Cape Town are in flames. I'm not scared for me. I'm scared for us.
Shaun Randol is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Mantle. He is also an Associate Fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York City, and a member of the National Book Critics Circle.