In his new book, The Empathic Civilization, Jeremy Rifkin contends that we are at a seminal turning point in human history and that the coming decades could well determine our future survival on earth.
While Mr. Rifkin argues that a sustainable, post-carbon Third Industrial Revolution must be quickly adopted in every country if we are to avert a catastrophic change in the climate of the earth, he cautions, nonetheless, that new technologies and business models alone will not be sufficient to address the enormity of the crisis facing the human race. What we need is a change in human consciousness itself.
In his role as an advisor to heads of state and companies around the world, Mr. Rifkin has come to believe that the global discussion must move beyond market incentives and government sanctions, codes and standards. In order to address the triple threat of the economic crisis, energy security, and climate change, we must rethink human nature itself and reconceptualize the meaning of the human journey.
In the Empathic Civilization Mr. Rifkin presents a sweeping new interpretation of the history of civilization. The best-selling author looks at the evolution of empathy and the profound ways it has shaped the human story-and will likely determine our fate as a species.
Rifkin argues that human empathy is beginning to extend to all of life in the biosphere, giving rise- for the first time in history- to the prospect of truly global consciousness. The irony is that just as we are beginning to glimpse the possibility of global empathic consciousness, we find ourselves close to our own extinction. With The Empathic Civilization, Jeremy Rifkin asks, can we reach global empathy in time to avoid the collapse of civilization and save the earth?