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Are We Selfish Individuals or an Empathic Society? The Answer Could Determine Whether We Have a Future

The industrial age built on and propelled by fossil fuels is coming to an end. What replaces it is at the center of our fight for survival.

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The Empathic Civilization is emerging. A younger generation is fast extending its empathic embrace beyond religious affiliations and national identification to include the whole of humanity and the vast project of life that envelops the Earth. But our rush to universal empathic connectivity is running up against a rapidly accelerating entropic juggernaut in the form of climate change. Can we reach biosphere consciousness and global empathy in time to avert planetary collapse?

Jeremy Rifkin is the author of the new book ' The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis (Tarcher/Penguin; January 2010)