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5.0 out of 5 stars Tolerance in an age of extremism, 14 May 2004
This review is from: Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations (Paperback)
In an age of extremism, "The Dignity of Difference" explores the need for the human race to become more tolerant and resprectful to those who are "different" from us. The key message is clear; that it is a mistake to attempt to impose a single way of life in a plural word. Due to increased globalisation, we are more and more aware of others in the world and we cannot help compare and contrast "us" and "them".
The terrifying reality of what happens when civilizations clash was made evident in New York on September 11th. Sacks' book portrays a hope....a hope that the future is not inevitably a future of dispair where groups continue to be locked in an ever-increasing circle of conflict and retaliation. He advocates that this cycle can be broken through systematic programmes of control, contribution, compassion, creativity, co-operation, conservation and conciliation. Each of the major monotheisms (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) hold what they believe is the ultimate exclusive "truth", but Sacks pleads for tolerance and understanding that each group has their own truth which is right for them. One thing that every human being shares is that we are all unique and different from every other person, and this difference should be celebrated with dignity and acceptance.
This book explores important issues that are relevent to everyone and anyone who has a stake in the future of the world. It is written by a Rabbi but it is not a book which spouts religious ideology. Instead it discusses the interactions of human beings with each other and with the world, and the ways in which we all need to be proactive if we are to avoid further clashes of civilization.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dignity Of Difference. How To Avoid The Clash Of Civilizations, 25 July 2013
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What an amazing read. Brilliant. Great food for thought. Can honestly recommend this to anyone. Will make a positive impact to mankind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply fantastic!, 17 Sep 2010
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This is without doubt one of the best books I have ever read. And certainly one of the most important one. If only Mr. Sacks'views were shared more widely!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 July 2014
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Great unbelievable amount of lnowledge
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 Nov 2014
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