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In a time of social and ecological crisis, what can we as individuals do to make the world a better place? This inspirational and thought-provoking book serves as an empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, paralysis, and overwhelm so many of us are feeling, replacing it with a grounding reminder of what’s true: we are all connected, and our small, personal choices bear unsuspected transformational power. By fully embracing and practicing this principle of interconnectedness—called interbeing—we become more effective agents of change and have a stronger positive influence on the world.
Throughout the book, Eisenstein relates real-life stories showing how small, individual acts of courage, kindness, and self-trust can change our culture’s guiding narrative of separation, which, he shows, has generated the present planetary crisis. He brings to conscious awareness a deep wisdom we all innately know: until we get our selves in order, any action we take—no matter how good our intentions—will ultimately be wrongheaded and wronghearted. Above all, Eisenstein invites us to embrace a radically different understanding of cause and effect, sounding a clarion call to surrender our old worldview of separation, so that we can finally create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.
With chapters covering separation, interbeing, despair, hope, pain, pleasure, consciousness, and many more, the book invites us to let the old Story of Separation fall away so that we can stand firmly in a Story of Interbeing.
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Society is pretty f*-ud up.
Don’t believe me?
How do you react when you pass someone begging on the street - do you give them a little something? Do you try to pretend they’re not there? Are you judging them inside, “Oh, they’ll probably use it for drugs” or “They probably have a BMW parked around the corner”? The one thing almost NO adult does is stop and consciouly think “This is a human being who may be hungry in a world of plenty, and that is fundamentally not OK”. Beep in our gut, we KNOW it’s not OK, that life isn’t supposed to be that way.
Think of the meme "A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove... but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child”. If that resonates with you, you’re ready for this book.
THAT’s what Mr. Eisenstein is writing about - the things we’ve pushed down so long, as a society/culture/species: compassion,; and bringing them to the forefront: working for a greater good instead of securing resources (knowledge, oil/gas, money, power); redefining what is practical based on the understanding that “what affects one affects all”
There are people all over the world living their lives in creation of a more beautiful world. This book is not a how-to so much as a foundation with stories of how these changes are coming into being.
This is not an easy book - it challenges some of our strongest and often unquestioned foundations of how society gets things done (force), sets values (by montary value), treats the planet (as separate from us), manages world economics (from a fear-of-scarecity control/power position), treats people (as commodities) and views “spirituality” (as something “out there - aka, heaven, for example) and defines the meaning of life (to further self interest and to procreate).
For me, it was a slow read, one I supplemented with the audio book. But it was well worth it, and I’m now reading it for a second time.
Mr. Eisenstein is not the only person writing about how we can move from this to a more beautiful world, but he is one of the most eloquent. If you are open to the challenge, I strongly encourage you to read this book.
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