21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Yuval Noah Harari
Harari is provocative, and his book is nakedly disturbing. It is crucial to understand the book though understanding does not necessarily make you a better person. To understand is to put a tiny little effort in slowing down the less and even less freedom future from the human’s collective stupidity.
Harari’s assessments of the upcoming joining forces of infotech and biotech, the relentless hostilities of nationalism, capitalism, secularism, communism, fascism, militarism, monotheism, polytheism, and a plethora of fictional stories throughout the book sound critical. I felt the little positivity at the end of the tunnel in his tone, where he pushed us to act quickly and responsibly. But, I just hardly see the validation of that positivity. Don’t misunderstand me that our species are going into a mass extinction apocalypse, as depicted in many Hollywood science fiction movies. Changes are unavoidable, but it will be sad, provided we value freedom (though we never actually have it), and we are having a relatively reasonable control over who we are now (though we already lost most of it).
Anyway, the book covers some of the most significant pillars upholding the human’s civilization. Definitely a must-read book. The contents are must-understand matters. Only then, I would see a better scenario for our species. By our species, I mean my generations, our generations. It has to be a collective action, and we, until now, have never done anything collectively.
April 29, 2020 at 3:00:00 PM
non-fiction, science, economics, history
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