Originally Posted by wizwor
Define safe. No one has chased me home or run my car off the road, but a lot of people are dealing with a lot of unprovoked violence. And the potential for catastrophic violence has probably never been greater.
Pinker would say that, statistically, your risk of "catastrophic violence" has never been lower in fact. Even with two world wars, he would argue that the odds of a violent death in the 20th century were far lower than the centuries that preceded it, and that the 21st century appears to be following that same downward trend.
That's not to say violence can't happen, just that your odds of suffering from it are lower now then previously (assuming you buy Pinker's argument), and that there is less worldwide violence overall.
If you're interested, I'd be more than happy to continue this via private message or some other means.