Live Debate: How Do We Build A More Emphatic Civilization?
Best comment wins a copy of The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis by Jeremy LRitfkin!
Thesis:Mankind’s softwiring towards empathy allows it greater communal support to enhance its survival. Therefore, it is necessary to optimize our institutional frameworks for supporting a emphatic civilization.
Supporting Evidence A: "We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others happiness not by each others misery. We don't want to hate and despise one another. And this good world is rich and can provide for everyone. the way of life can be free And beautiful but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men's souls..."
Supporting Evidence B: "We are soft wired to experience another's plight as if we are experiencing it ourselves... Research suggest that we are softwired not for aggression and violence and self interest and utilitarian ism but we are actually softwired for sociability,attachment, affection, companionship..."
Supporting Evidence C: "Empathy is grounded on the acknowledgement of death and the celebration of life and rooting for each other to flourish and be."
Debate Topic: "Is it possible that we human beings that are softwired for empathic distress could extend our empathy to the entire human race?" How can we create a more emphatic civilization? How can we restructure our institutions towards supporting emphatic lifestyles? "If its possible to imagine that then we may be able to save or species and save our planet."
The Mission: "Let us fight to free the world. To do away with national barriers. To do away with greed with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason. A world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness..."
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