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Chapter 6. ProposalsLiving Together

Rifkin (2009). The Empathic Civilization.

Rifkin, Jeremy (2009). The Empathic Civilization. New York: Tarcher/Penguin.

“Empathic extension is the only human expression that creates true equality between people.” p. 160.

Will empathic extension grow fast enough for humanity to save the planet – and thereby our species?

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Will world population explode?

“There are just too many children in the world. People in developing countries get too many babies. World food production will not be able to keep up, and there will be no space for all those people.”

True? No. The number of babies per woman has been overwhelmingly decreased towards two. Two babies per woman clearly means population will grow no further.

So now we are with seven billion, and growing, because there are relatively many young people. But in 2050 the world population will stabilize at about ten billion.

Human population is large but not growing out of hand, at all, anymore.

Hans Rosling, Swedish doctor and statistician, gives a face to the data in a TED talk of April 2012.

How to deal with dictatorship?

Vision 1. We are born into a safe and secure social environment…
Vision 10. Government and parliament are democratically elected…

So what if you live under dictatorship? You start a non-violent revolution.

Gene Sharp has already inspired generations of revolutionaries worldwide. His book, From Dictatorship to Democracy[1], is a guide with over 180 means of non-violent resistance. The book can be read free online or downloaded as pdf.

  1. [1]Gene Sharp (1993)