Jeremy Rifkin on The Epathic Civilisation
Over the lst ten years there have been some important developments in our understanding of our human selves, how we have evolved and continue to do so to connect with each other sense each other’s pain. Findings and ideas from the human fields of evolutionary biology, neuro-cognitive development and child development are challenging the ideas that have dominated our thinking for the last two hundred and some years of our industrial age: that we are hard-wired to compete with and dominate each other each other and that we must do so to survive or succeed.
We are witnessing a convergence of ideas from our scientific inquiries that is challnging our basic assumptions about human nature – and with that the nature of the instritutions we have created and how they are now a cause of many of our problems.
Empathy is not merely some mystical abstract quality but a requirement for our individual and collective survival – and a key reality with which we can all play our part to create a better world.
from the (UK) Royal Society of Arts’ –Animate series RSAnimate
- Jeremy Rifkin videos: the empathic civilization, and the third industrial revolution. Must watch! (mediafuturist.com)
- An Empathetic Civilization – Jeremy Rifkin Discusses the Power of Compassion and the Shrinking Globe (TrendHunter.com) (trendhunter.com)
- The Empathic Civilisation: the human family (beyondmeds.com)
- Acquiring a Voltmeter (psychologytoday.com)
Yay! Let’s hear it for empathy 🙂