And hence the constant negative narrative. It's well known in psychology that people want people around them to feel as they do for better or worse.

It is very apparent even through the facades of reporters and journalists and the op-ed crowd that they are generally very insecure and exhibitionistic. And angry. This is also true of most college professors.

Pinker rightly points out sources of not naive good news, and it's important to be aware of this while focusing on areas of trouble. Objectivity and gratitude is a better way to go through life than relying on misguided feelings manipulated by third party bias designed to keep you unhappy.