The Empathic Civilisation

I read the book The Empathic Civilization by Jeremy Rifkin about a year ago and found his arguments compelling. Rifkin explores the evolution of empathy and how it has changed our society over time. He argues that despite all those who have exclaimed that humans are hardwired for aggression, violence, war and narcissism; human beings are actually more biologically hardwired to have empathy towards others and that based upon our past expansion of empathy (from tribes to nations and other groups) there should be no stopping us from expanding that empathic connection to include all of humanity, other life forms and the biosphere.

I have just found this beautiful little video that covers his argument in an easy to understand, concise form. I think it’s a great message that we can hopefully use to begin to connect humanity in new ways. I hope you will enjoy it!

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