Human progress and how we might blow it (Jonah Goldberg’s “Suicide of the West”) | reTHINK TANK

According to the book of Genesis, the first humans lived in an earthly paradise. But man’s natural state was no Eden. Instead, it consisted of grinding poverty punctuated by horrific violence, terminated with an early death. Yet despite the progress since our caveman days, many think there’s something inherently alienating Continue Reading

11. Tolerance increases under liberal capitalism

next argument liberal capitalist societies are tolerant societies consider religious intolerance for example a social illness plague human beings for ever it’s precisely in those societies that started to encourage individual freedom that individual should be free to live their lives as they see fit precisely in those societies that Continue Reading

5. Liberal capitalism increases the average standard of living

the next argument focus is not so much on capitalism’s productive ability how much wealth it produces but rather on the distribution of wealth in a society one characteristic of capitalism in the modern world after the Industrial Revolution particularly was the development of mass production of goods obviously for Continue Reading

Part 4 • Karen Armstrong Interview on Ethics & Problems Today of Achieving Religious Literacy

Sahil Badruddin: On various occasions, you’ve said that religions share similar core values and ethics and humanity, in general, shares the same desires and worries. In this spirit, do you think it would be productive — so, that we as a humanity can come together — if humanity was to Continue Reading

Part 6 • Karen Armstrong Interview on Religious Institutions & Her Personal Journey/Search

Sahil Badruddin: You’ve often also shared that religious institutions don’t always display the full spectrum, understanding, and values inherent in a religious tradition. I also mean, like, people have a difficult time separating religious institutions from the religion itself— Dr. Karen Armstrong: Yes. SB: —And this leads to people becoming Continue Reading

Part 7 • Karen Armstrong Interview on Her Vision for the Future

SB: You’ve spoken about your vision for compassion, could you name a specific objective, perhaps you see the world can achieve let’s say in 25 years? Then what insights and suggestions would you offer that might address and achieve this vision, within the time frame of 25 years? Dr. Armstrong: Continue Reading

Part 1 • Karen Armstrong Interview on Applying the Golden Rule & Teaching Compassion

Sahil Badruddin: The Golden Rule to treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves, you’ve often mentioned is the foundation of the virtue of compassion. Dr. Karen Armstrong: Yes. SB: While easier said than done, it’s actually a very difficult commitment. In a way— Dr. Armstrong: It is. SB: Continue Reading

1. Liberal capitalism increases freedom

first defining our terms by liberalism we mean a network of principles institutionalized political scientists will talk about among them the rule of law so there are specified explicit principles governing the society as opposed to arbitrary power residing in one individual or any number of individuals to make up Continue Reading

Part 3 • Karen Armstrong Interview on The Charter for Compassion Moving Forward

Sahil Badruddin: Going back to the Charter for Compassion, which has over two million signatories, what’s currently happening with it, and what are your future plans for it? Dr. Karen Armstrong: We’re coming to a turning point now because Joan Brown Campbell who has managed it for years, she’s retiring Continue Reading

Part 2 • Karen Armstrong Interview on Materialism, Nationalism & Tribalism Impacting Our Compassion

Sahil Badruddin: In the current climate we’re seeing, as you mentioned, less humility, less openness to other perspectives, instead people are becoming more convinced of the rectitude of their own views— Dr. Karen Armstrong: Yes. SB: —in a sense, we’re seeing more tribalistic and nationalistic tendencies. Dr. Armstrong: Yes, we Continue Reading