The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long-Term in a Short-Term World

Roman Krznaric (Author)
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Description

A call to save ourselves and our planet by targeting the root of our inaction: extreme short-sightedness

"The most important question we must ask ourselves is: Are we being good ancestors?" So said Jonas Salk, who cured polio in 1953. Salk saved millions of lives, but he refused to patent his cure or make any money from it. His radical rethinking of what we owe future generations should be an inspiration to us all, but it has hardly taken hold: Businesses can barely see past the next quarter; politicians can't see past the next election. Markets spike, then they crash in speculative bubbles. We rarely stop to consider whether we're being good ancestors . . . but the future depends on it.

Here, leading public intellectual, philosopher, and bestselling author Roman Krznaric explains six practical ways we can retrain our brains to save our future--such as adopting Deep Time Humility (recognizing our lives as a cosmic eyeblink) and Cathedral Thinking (starting projects that will take more than one lifetime to complete). His aim is to inspire a "time rebellion"--to shift our allegiance from our generation only to all humanity, present and future.

Product Details

Price
$25.95  $23.36
Publisher
Experiment
Publish Date
October 27, 2020
Pages
288
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781615197309
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About the Author

Roman Krznaric is a cultural thinker and founding faculty member of The School of Life. He advises organizations including Oxfam and the United Nations on using empathy and conversation to create social change, and has been named by The Observer as one of Britain's leading lifestyle philosophers. His works, including The Wonderbox: Curious Histories of How to Live and The First Beautiful Game: Stories of Obsession in Real Tennis, have been translated into over a dozen languages.