Jeremy Rifkin – RSA Animate – The Empathic Civilization

Nov 17, 2010 by

Jeremy Rifkin – RSA Animate – The Empathic Civilization

Never has the world seemed so completely united-in the form of communication, commerce, and culture-and so savagely torn apart-in the form of war, financial meltdown, global warming, and even the migration of diseases.

No matter how much we put our minds to the task of meeting the challenges of a rapidly globalizing world, the human race seems to continually come up short, unable to muster the collective mental resources to truly “think globally and act locally.” In his most ambitious book to date, bestselling social critic Jeremy Rifkin shows that this disconnect between our vision for the world and our ability to realize that vision lies in the current state of human consciousness. The very way our brains are structured disposes us to a way of feeling, thinking, and acting in the world that is no longer entirely relevant to the new environments we have created for ourselves.

The human-made environment is rapidly morphing into a global space, yet our existing modes of consciousness are structured for earlier eras of history, which are just as quickly fading away. Humanity, Rifkin argues, finds itself on the cusp of its greatest experiment to date: refashioning human consciousness so that human beings can mutually live and flourish in the new globalizing society.

This animated feature follows Jeremy Rifkin’s presentation of:

The Empathic Civilization

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2 Comments

  1. Everything points us the the Oneness of this journey! Thank you!

  2. Eve forcinel

    This is so interesting to me. I have been asking why with all the advancement of technology humanity seems to lag back in progression. I am going to get these books and study this further. Thanks for this!