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The Chaos Point: The World at the Crossroads Paperback – May 3, 2006
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In the 1960s the Club of Rome was one of the first organizations to declare that there were "limits to growth." Today that seems so obvious, but then the very idea stirred up a hornet's nest of opposition.
There are still plenty of people who are convinced that either there is no problem, or that we are going to innovate our way out of any potential difficulties.
Many other experts are now of the opinion that we have left everything too late, and that we are on an inevitable downward path toward oblivion.
In Ervin Laszlo's new book, he acknowledges the seriousness of our situation, but is one of the hardy band of pioneers who see the problems as a "decision window" where we face not only the danger of total global collapse, but also the opportunity for renewal of the world.
We all of us need to change the way in which we see the world and then to take action.
Or else we shall probably not be here that much longer.
This message is indeed very positive.
According to the author, we just need to wake up. And this book outlines a precise map for doing exactly that.
When I picked up this book for the first time and glanced at the back of it, I got a feeling inside of me that I have experienced only a handful of times in my life. Indeed, before I had even finished reading the back cover, I instinctively knew that I was holding in my hands a book that would forever change the way I looked at our world.
What was written on the back cover that so moved me were the following words:
"We are at a critical juncture in history, a `decision-window' where we face the danger of global collapse - or the opportunity for global renewal. Written by Ervin Laszlo, the founder of systems philosophy and general evolution theory,The Chaos Point provides a concise overview of the present world situation, showing where we are and how we got here.
"According to Laszlo, for the next six to seven years - roughly until the end of 2012 - we have the opportunity to head off trends that would lead to a critical tipping point. Beyond this `chaos point,' we either evolve to a safer more sustainable world, or the social, economic, and ecological systems that frame our life become overstressed and break down.
"The 2012 chaos point need not be the end of the world, but it will certainly be the end of the kind of the world we have created. In today's decision window, we have a unique chance to break through to a new world. This pioneering book tells us what this new world can look like and how each of us can help to achieve it.
"The Chaos Point is a healing book.Read more ›
This book should receive world wide publicity with encouragement for as many people as possible to read it. Then we need to insist that our leaders begin immediately to take steps to choose the best action for the welfare of all humans and our planet.
The author, who has written many books on a variety of subjects, is probably best described as a futurist – someone who examines the ills of society with the purpose and hope of turning unfavourable situations around for the benefit of all concerned. Many of the problems he defines here have been described by previous authors, and addressed through the work of international social or environmental agencies.
The core issue described here is that humankind is on course for extinction if we either ignore global problems or simply tinker at the edges in addressing them. The economic and environmental conditions existing in the world will soon (within decades?) reach a ‘tipping point’ or ‘chaos point’ beyond which they will change irreversibly and possibly disastrously unless we take coordinated global action to alter attitudes and practices, in both the rich and developing countries alike.
So, many agencies are convinced that there is an urgent need for change in social philosophies. But how is this to be achieved? Individual human nature is likely to be essentially the same in the next few decades as it has been in the past few decades. It is only by coordinated action by influential groups of people that any worthwhile changes can be implemented. Such groups will have many factors working against them and over which they will have little control – violent political upheavals; global epidemics like AIDS, bird flu or Ebola; rapidly changing weather systems; exponentially increasing global population; and, as nations are forced to work ever more closely together, an increasing anti-globalization movement.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a must read for every citizen of the world. The point of change is here and Dr. Laszlo is an inspiration to us all.Published on April 13, 2010 by T. Nichols
Laszlo is a brilliant physicist, who applies wave theory to better understand major shifts happening in the world. For those of us swamped with "daily news minutia," Dr. Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by Green Doctor
Want to grasp how we got to the point we are at today with the economy, global conflict, or just our what have you done for me in the past 30 minutes attitude? Read morePublished on March 17, 2009 by Thomas Rogers
A book not as any other book, it reminds us that humanity faces a reckoning, we must acknowledge what is wrong and stop walking on the path of destruction or face destruction and... Read morePublished on February 19, 2009 by L. Anakijeva
Laszlo claims we are just now moving beyond the Iron Age and what comes next is not clear. The worse things get, however, the more people will work for improvement. Read morePublished on February 14, 2007 by 52 weeks, 52 books
THE CHAOS POINT: THE WORLD AT THE CROSSROADS predicts we have seven years to avoid global collapse and promote strategies for renewal - and tells how the modern world will change... Read morePublished on September 23, 2006 by Midwest Book Review
I found this book to be profoundly important for all to read at this time in history. It is a true wake-up call to everyone, certainly in the U.S., but also for the whole planet. Read morePublished on September 9, 2006 by Elizabeth Rosson