Here’s a headline you’ll never read: “This just in: we are living in the best time ever for humanity.” But it would be a fair representation of the facts. In Enlightenment Now!, Steven Pinker lays out a convincing, evidence-based case: over the last two hundred years or so, worldwide measures of well-being (life expectancy, economic output, peace, safety, democracy, equal rights, education, etc.) have climbed upward, while measures of suffering (disease, malnourishment, violent conflict, etc.) have diminished. Progress isn’t linear or uniform, and it can zigzag and take steps backward anytime. But a bit of perspective paints a clear picture: it’s been constant and remarkable.