The Story of the Rise of Human Empathy

Whether you agree with his theory or not, Jeremy Rifkin’s 2009 book on the dramatic story of the extension of human empathy gives rise to many thoughts about the issue of empathy and its importance to our world. What is perhaps most striking is that Rifkin, President of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington D.C. has picked out empathy in particular as such a powerful force. The ultimate question his book poses is: Can we achieve global empathy in time to avoid the collapse of civilization and save the planet? View the film below and see his book “The Empathetic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis.” (Polity 2009)



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