North Atlantic Books
November 5, 2013
In a time of social and ecological crisis, what can we as individuals do to make the world a better place? This thought-provoking book serves as an empowering antidote to the cynicism, frustration, and paralysis so many of us are feeling, replacing it with a grounding reminder of what’s true: we are all connected, and our personal choices bear unsuspected transformational power. By fully embracing and practicing this principle of interconnectedness, we become more effective agents of change and have a stronger positive influence on the world.
Throughout the book, Charles Eisenstein relates real-life stories that show how small, individual acts of courage, kindness, and self-trust can change our culture’s guiding narrative of separation, which, he explains, has generated the present planetary crisis. He brings to conscious awareness a deep wisdom we all know: until we get our selves in order, any action we take – no matter how good our intentions – will ultimately be wrongheaded and wronghearted. Eisenstein invites us to embrace a radically different understanding of cause and effect, sounding a clarion call to surrender our old worldview, so that we can finally create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.
Charles Eisenstein is a speaker and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. His viral short films and essays online have established him as a genre-defining social philosopher and countercultural intellectual. Eisenstein graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in mathematics and philosophy and spent the next ten years as a Chinese-English translator. The author of sacred economics and ascent of humanity, he currently lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania