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The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World
The author of the international bestseller Happiness makes a passionate case for altruism—and why we need it now more than ever.
In this major work, Matthieu Ricard presents a global vision based on decades of personal experience and insight, a road map for the 21st century. It is a fresh outlook on an ardent struggle, and one that just might make the world a better place by simultaneously benefiting ourselves and our society.
“Matthieu Ricard is an extraordinary human being, whose luminous presence and gentle voice have a surprising effect: they compel respect for his benign view of life and make routine cynicism impossible.”
“Now is the time for altruism. We are facing a new challenge that we were never confronted with before in the history of humanity. For the first time ever, our activities now have a major impact on the fate of future generations.”
“Matthieu Ricard provides convincing evidence based on both careful research and personal experience that altruism is an integral part of our nature, and that a more altruistic society is not only possible, but essential if we care about the future.”
- “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
- “This remarkable book is an extremely well-documented and elegantly argued plea for altruism, kindness, and compassion….Even little snippets will blow your mind and inspire you, as Matthieu puts it, to change yourself and the world.”
- “What a magnificent masterpiece. This is an important contribution to our conception of human nature.” -Dennis Snower, President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy
- “Altruism is a careful, detailed, hard-nosed assessment of what is needed both for individual happiness and for the welfare of the planet. […] This book is so rich, so diverse and, yes, so long that it is best kept as an inspiring resource to be consulted over many years.” —David Barash, Wall Street Journal