To Empathize is to Civilize

Thanks to a friend on facebook, I learned about this really cool video based on a talk by Jeremy Rifkin.  It is really excellent and so I am sharing it here.  In it, Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways it has shaped our development and our society. I particularly liked the idea that to empathize is to civilize and that to civilize is to empathize. That is a concept that resonates strongly with me as a Humanist and I agree with his assessment and ideas on where we need to go as a world community and why. The book this talk is based on is called the Empathic Civilization - which I've linked to on the left. Enjoy.

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