By Michael Mayerfield Bell
How religion, the flora and fauna, and group grants complementary paths for best a very good life
People have lengthy seemed to nature and the divine as paths to the great. during this panoramic meditation at the harmonious existence, Michael Mayerfeld Bell strains how those paths got here to be visible as cut loose human methods, and the way a lot of today’s conflicts will be traced again millions of years to this old divide.
Taking readers on a spellbinding trip via background and around the globe, Bell starts with the pagan view, which sees nature and the divine as entangled with the human—and no longer inevitably strong. however the emergence of city societies gave upward push to new ethical matters concerning the political personality of human lifestyles. Wealth and inequality grew, and concrete humans sought to justify their passions. within the face of such issues, nature and the divine got here to be partitioned from the human, and consequently obvious to be good—but additionally they turned absolute and divisive.
Bell charts the unfolding of this new ethical mind's eye within the upward push of Buddhism, Christianity, Daoism, Hinduism, Jainism, and plenty of different traditions that emerged with bourgeois lifestyles. He follows advancements in ethical concept, from the religions of the traditional Sumerians, Greeks, and Hebrews to the technological know-how and environmentalism of at the present time, alongside the way in which traveling with modern indigenous humans in South Africa, Costa Rica, and the us. City of the Good urges us to include the plurality of our traditions—from the pagan to the bourgeois—and to protect opposed to absolutism and stay open to distinction and its unending creativity.
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