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The Ascent of Humanity: Civilization and the Human Sense of Self [Paperback]

Charles Eisenstein
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5 Mar 2013
Charles Eisenstein explores the history and potential future of civilization, tracing the converging crises of our age to the illusion of the separate self. In this landmark book, Eisenstein explains how a disconnection from the natural world and one another is built into the foundations of civilization: into science, religion, money, technology, medicine, and education as we know them. As a result, each of these institutions faces a grave and growing crisis, fueling our near-pathological pursuit of technological fixes even as we push our planet to the brink of collapse.

Fortunately, an Age of Reunion is emerging out of the birth pangs of an earth in crisis. As our old constructs of self and world dissolve in crisis, we are entering a new narrative of interbeing, a more expansive sense of self, and a more ecological relationship to nature. Our darkest hour bears 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.  Breathtaking in its scope and intelligence, The Ascent of Humanity is a remarkable book showing what it truly means to be human.

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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Evolver Editions; Reprint edition (5 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583945350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583945353
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Evolve Your Thinking... 14 Mar 2011
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Possibly the most important and illuminating book you will ever read. If you have to choose between buying this book and eating this week....buy the book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative, a must-read for our times 24 May 2011
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Last reviewer could not have put it better. For me at least this book managed to articulate all of the dormant and germinating ideas - or feelings - that I had of the condition of our world, making them crystal clear in a way that has radically altered my understanding of social and historiographical reality. It is a savage indictment of the dangerous paradigms that unconsciously govern our behaviour, and speaks with a prohpetic lucidity that disturbs the mind and soothes the soul. Meaningful change begins in the consciousness of the individual, and I believe that if everyone would read and understand this book, the 'system' would implode. Word becomes deed only when word has power, and these are words of power indeed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All about the content 23 Nov 2011
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The book arrived on time and was a pleasure to read.
Why?
Because it presents a coherent view of where we are, where we came from and where we can go in terms of the financial management of our economy
Most other books on this subject talk about the symptoms while this one talks about the true causes
An interesting read, enjoyable and thought provoking

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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Inspiring 30 Oct 2011
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This is an astoundingly important work, both analysing the inherent pathologies of our civilization (based on scarcity and separation), and looking at where we can go as a species. It's a long book but only because it is so comprehensive and holistic in its appraisal of where we are and what we've done to the planet and to ourselves.

One of the most important books you'll read. For other authors on a similar path see John Zerzan, Derrick Jensen, David Abram et al.
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