Shared fictions — in the form of news, religions, novels, sports, money, even brands — fill our lives, but that’s OK. It’s these shared beliefs that have helped humans cooperate and conquer the planet, explains historian Yuval Harari.

We can do so with careful planning, recovering the ideals of compassion, peace and equity, and standing together in the face of hate, says Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

A director set out to capture the many sides of silence on film. The problem? Silence is much slipperier than he realized.

Aziz Abu Sarah explains how he recovered from the murder of his brother and learned how peace and love can be potent tools of activism.

When Michelangelo’s ambitious paintings premiered in the sixteenth century, they touched off a very modern-sounding social media scandal, says art historian Elizabeth Lev.

Afghan-born artist Behnaz Babazadeh hopes to spark a conversation about the burka … by wrapping herself in candy.

Pope Francis’ June 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si: On care for our common home” has been praised for supporting the science on climate change. But as Johan Rockström, who’s been involved in high-level discussions between scientists and the Vatican, explains, the story of how the Pope has integrated science and religion represents a profound shift in world view.