The Ascent of Humanity is a radical exploration of the history and future of civilization from a unique perspective: the human sense of self. Eisenstein traces all of. Ascent The Ascent of Humanity is about the history and future of civilization from a unique perspective: the evolution of the human sense of self. This book. Ascent of Humanity: Introduction. More than any other species, human beings are gifted with the power to manipulate our environment, and the ability to.

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He currently lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and serves on the faculty of Goddard College. Saints and mystics have tried for thousands of years to teach us how we are trapped in a delusion about who we are.

Ascent of Humanity: Introduction

Small Arcs of Larger Circles. As this realization sinks in, we respond with despair, cynicism, numbness, or detachment.

He has the best of intentions for this world. As mystics have taught throughout the ages, such a world is closer than close, “within us and among us”; yet as well it is impossibly far off, forever inaccessible to any effort arising from our present self-conception.

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The situation is quite hopeless, from a rational standpoint. In the mental and spiritual realm, the counterpart of hmuanity is culture, which modifies and even supersedes human nature in the same way technology modifies physical nature.


Whether in fact or in perception, we modern humans live in a way that is no longer natural. When Eisenstein stays in the philosophical charls he does provide some thought provoking arguments that I believe would be beneficial for most people to think about. Meanwhile, religion too is shown to be complicit in the despiritualization of the world that we associate with science.

There is, however, little disagreement that the crisis is of human origin.

Ascent of Humanity: Introduction | Charles Eisenstein

In both, our present problems will become irrelevant as a wondrous power comes to save us. Even in our darkest hour, Eisenstein sees the possibility of a more beautiful world–not through the extension of millennia-old methods of management and control but by fundamentally reimagining ourselves and our systems.

I don’t want even a hint of gender essentialism in my books, thanks. When any cjarles dies, something dies within ourselves as well.

The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s ascennt. After some generous stuffing, I was finally able to make them fit.

What are these tiny individual actions against the juggernaut of destruction that consumes oceans, trees, soil, and culture? The root and the epitome of separation is the discrete, isolated self of modern perception: I put my work online without a pay wall of any kind, and my events are generally by donation as well.

Opinions vary as to its exact nature: In all realms of human endeavor, an Age of Reunion is emerging out of the birth-pangs of a planet in crisis. Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information. Children are not starving. I can’t even begin to describe this book in a simple review, yet I would be honored to tell you about it in person.


He decries valuing the living world simply for its carbon credits or for preventing the extinction of one species or another. I have given other books five stars, but reading this one eusenstein me want to demote them to a mere three or four stars.

But have we actually made the world better?

Charles Eisenstein on the Ascent Of Humanity

To the extent that the separation is an illusion and that we too are part of nature, that illusion has unleashed a new force of nature that has transformed the planet.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Is food, clothing, shelter, entertainment, or anything else less available to you? This is part and parcel of the argument he is trying to make The arguments presented in this book are worthy of a five star rating.

He does this well It pervades technological society, and only intensifies as the pace of technology quickens.