Are people really more violent towards each other now than at any other time in history? Has all our technological progress brought more hate and fear than love and happiness? Usually I'm upbeat and optimistic, but the more I see the news, the more despairing I become. Or is the other side of the coin ? Technology isn't causing conflict. It is just making us more aware of problems that we were once blissfully ignorant of. Most people, (even in parts of the world where intense beliefs predominate) are becoming more tolerant and forgiving. It's just that the angry minority are getting noiser!