Ethics & Global Concerns

Thom Hartmann

Thom Hartman
n is the host of a nationally syndicated radio show, The Thom Hartmann Program, and the award-winning author of fourteen books. He lives in Montpelier, Vermont, and can be found on the Internet at

I give Thom Hartmann an A+++ for getting us out of denial. If you care about the planet this book is a must read! Well, researched and packed with information, the author makes his point. The book is both informative and inspiring. See the book page for authors excerpts... Jessika

The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Revised and Updated : The Fate of the World and What We Can Do Before It's Too Late
by Thom Hartmann, Neale Donald Walsch (Afterword), Joseph Chilton Pearce (Foreword) From the Inside Flap

While everything appears to be collapsing around us -- ecodamage, genetic engineering, virulent diseases, the end of cheap oil, water shortages, global famine, wars -- we can still do something about it and create a world that will work for us and for our children’s children. The inspiration for Leonardo DiCaprio’s web movie Global Warning, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight details what is happening to our planet, the reasons for our culture’s blind behavior, and how we can fix the problem. Thom Hartmann’s comprehensive book, originally published in 1998, has become one of the fundamental handbooks of the environmental activist movement. Now, with fresh, updated material and a focus on political activism and its effect on corporate behavior, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight helps us understand--and heal--our relationship to the world, to each other, and to our natural resources.

Hans Jonas

After Hitler had come to power he first emigrated in 1933 to England, then in 1935 to Palestine, finally in 1949 to Canada, where he taught for six years at McGill and Carleton Universities, before settling down permanently in New York (teaching at the philosophy department of the New School for Social Research). The range of his topics was extremely wide - from early gnosticism to the philosophy of biology, from ethics to social philosophy, from cosmology to Jewish theology. Shaped by his exile from Nazi Germany, the murder of his mother in the Auschwitz concentration camp, his participation as a soldier in World War II and the Israeli War of Independence, he set himself the task of uncovering the intellectual origins of the crisis of Western civilisation and proposing a new, positive orientation for humanity. Source:

The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of an Ethics
for the Technological Age
by Hans Jonas

In a brilliant book, which should be read by anyone concerned about sustainability, "The Imperative of Responsibility: In Search of Ethics for the Technological Age" (The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1984) Hans Jonas argues that there is a need for a new ethics that will better enable our civilization to deal with the power over the ecosphere that it has acquired through science and technology.

The Dalai Lama

Ethics for the New Millennium
by The Dalai Lama

HH the Dalai Lama, the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and both temporal and spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, is one of the most beloved spiritual figures alive. He has written numerous books, including the New York Times bestseller The Art of Happiness. The Dalai Lama travels the world speaking on peace, giving Buddhist teachings, and meeting with political leaders. He resides in Dharamsala, India, as the head of the Tibetan government-in-exile.--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Here is a moral system based on universal rather than religious principles. Its ultimate goal is happiness for every individual regardless of religious belief. Though the Dalai Lama is himself a practicing Buddhist, his approach to life and the moral compass that guides him can lead each and every one of us-Muslim, Christian, Jew, or Atheist-to a happier, more fulfilling life.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

In a modern society characterized by insensitivity to violence, ambivalence to the suffering of others, and a high-octane profit motive, is talk of ethics anything more than a temporary salve for our collective conscience? The Dalai Lama thinks so.

In his Ethics for the New Millennium, the exiled leader of the Tibetan people shows how the basic concerns of all people--happiness based in contentment, appeasement of suffering, forging meaningful relationships--can act as the foundation for a universal ethics.

The Nobel Peace laureate invites us to recognize certain basic facts of existence, such as the interdependence of all things, and from these to recalibrate our hearts and minds, to approach all of our actions in their light. Nothing short of an inner revolution will do. Basic work is required in nurturing our innate tendencies to compassion, tolerance, and generosity.

And at the same time, "we need to think, think, think ... like a scientist," reasoning out the best ways to act from a principle of universal responsibility. Like a merging of the care and compassion of Jesus, the cool rationality of the Stoics, the moral program of Ben Franklin, and the psychology of William James, Ethics for the New Millennium is a plea for

basic goodness, a blueprint for world peace. --Brian Bruya

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