11 January 2024, The Tablet

The state of the world – seeing light in darkness

The state of the world – seeing light in darkness

Three things essential to civilised life have recently been seeping away from the public sphere: truthfulness, responsibility and trust.

As truthfulness, responsibility and trust seep away from the public sphere and the world becomes more dangerous and mean-spirited, a historian and novelist who grew up in a time of optimism and increasing opportunity holds on to the hope of a brighter future.
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