Jared Diamond, author of the widely acclaimed book Guns, Germs, and Steel, is on the road promoting his new book, The World Until Yesterday. His latest work follows the story of a young boy in Papua New Guinea killed in a traffic accident by an attentive driver who was simply unable to stop in time. Within five days of that accident, the driver and the family of the child had made peace.
On NPR, Diamond says, “They ate together. They cried together. They said how sad it was to lose the dead boy. And they reached emotional reconciliation.”
An expert on Papua New Guinea, Diamond cautions us not to romanticize traditional societies, for they have much to teach us. His story of conflict resolution is one example.
Jared Diamond is a Pulitzer Prize winner, professor at UCLA, and a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. He’s currently engaged on a speaking tour promoting his new book. In June, he’ll join us aboard National Geographic Explorer on the expedition Land of the Ice Bears as a Global Perspectives guest speaker. A few cabins are still available.