By Jeremy Rifkin
"One of the prime big-picture thinkers of our day" (Utne Reader) offers his boldest paintings during this erudite, tough-minded, and far-reaching manifesto.
by no means has the realm appeared so thoroughly united-in the shape of verbal exchange, trade, and culture-and so savagely torn apart-in the shape of struggle, monetary meltdown, worldwide warming, or even the migration of illnesses.
regardless of how a lot we placed our minds to the duty of assembly the demanding situations of a speedily globalizing global, the human race turns out to continually arise brief, not able to muster the collective psychological assets to actually "think globally and act locally." In his so much formidable e-book up to now, bestselling social critic Jeremy Rifkin exhibits that this disconnect among our imaginative and prescient for the area and our skill to gain that imaginative and prescient lies within the present kingdom of human awareness. The very means our brains are established disposes us to a fashion of feeling, considering, and performing on the planet that's not fullyyt appropriate to the hot environments we've created for ourselves.
The human-made setting is quickly morphing right into a worldwide house, but our present modes of attention are established for past eras of background, that are simply as speedy fading away. Humanity, Rifkin argues, unearths itself at the cusp of its maximum test to this point: refashioning human cognizance in order that people can collectively reside and flourish within the new globalizing society.
In essence, this shift in attention relies upon attaining out to others. yet to withstand this alteration in human relatives and modes of pondering, Rifkin contends, might spell ineptness and catastrophe in dealing with the hot demanding situations round us. because the forces of globalization speed up, deepen, and develop into ever extra complicated, the older faith-based and rational different types of awareness are inclined to turn into under pressure, or even risky, as they try to navigate an international more and more past their achieve and keep watch over. certainly, the emergence of this empathetic awareness has implications for the long run that would most probably be as profound and far-reaching as whilst Enlightenment philosophers upended faith-based recognition with the canon of cause.