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- Print Length: 121 pages
- Publisher: Best Life Media (August 24, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 24, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KZ210H4
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About the Author
EMANUEL PASTREICH, PhD is an American scholar who specializes in East Asian cultures. Trained at Yale University and Harvard University, Pastreich takes deep interest in the potential for a sustainable spiritual society offered by traditional Korean culture. He teaches at Kyung Hee University and serves as the director of The Asia Institute in Seoul. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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How can we make a better Earth?
Most people on this planet may have asked these questions, especially in their younger ages. However, as we grew older, we become too busy adjusting to our surroundings to continue to think about those "luxuries."
Ilchi Lee and Emanuel Pastreich are two of the few great minds who never forgets these questions and working to improve the Earth. The concept of "Earth Management" may sound too big, but Lee and Pastreich say that it IS possible and the key lies in our brain. So it begins from education. According to Lee, we have infinite power of creation within our brains.
Today's education is so focused on the two things--memorization and competition. While all the information is a few touches away with the development of the Internet and smart phones, why do we keep asking our children to memorize knowledge? Why should we keep competing each other?
Lee makes two points. First, we need to know that we are part of nature. The Earth and nature are not object of exploitation. The second is developing empathy. Whereas emotion is focused on me, empathy and sensibility is the ability to feel the emotions of others as if they were my own and to convey my feelings to others.
If we feel the pain of the Earth as ours, if we feel the suffering of others as ours, wouldn't the world be so different than now?
Lee says the most critical factor to making Earth Management successful is recovering our sense of connectedness and emerging from this separated state.
Pastreich, I was astonished by your expertise about Korean spirits and cultural heritage. I believe that you are a very sincere and thoughtful scholar, who really loves the Earth.
By the way, thinking that I was born into this world because the twenty-first-century earth so desperately wanted me, as Lee suggests, gives me so much confidence.
They even have information in the back of the book on how you can get involved and develop earth citizen values to take action for your growth. I highly recommend you read this book and then pass it on and share it with others just like I did.
Good insights and very timely for the current pandemic highlighting the need for everyone to focus on Earth Management. I liked the conversational format as well.
Liked the least: Too short, just want to read more!
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It is a very necessary push for all of us to become 'earth managers' and also clearly explains how de-sensitised we have become to what is going on, on the earth. It doesn't feel like a judgement or criticism though of me or the reader, simply a clear outline of the situation and what is needed if I really want to see future generations enjoy the planet I have.
I also really loved the part about the Benjamin school and can see how much this could do for the education system here in the UK.
I hope the book is well distributed, and I will be sharing a few copies with people I know too. It's great to have leaders like this sharing how we can go forwards with more hope. I am going to read it again!