I read: 21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Trying to figure out what you should actually be paying attention to in the world today? This book will set you on the correct path.

I just finished Yuval Noah Harari's 21 Lessons for the 21st Century last night with a lump in my throat. It was a great read, but the subjects explored from meditation to media biased information flow or inter and intra-national issues don't really leave one with a good feeling of where this world is heading. Don't get me wrong, it was a great read. Harari did a fantastic job showing our (that is, the world population as a whole) current path of potential faults by way of historical realities. Though I don't recall him stating it outright (though I'm sure he did) the book is filled with antidotal statements of "know your history, or you are doomed to repeat it."

Unfortunately, for us as a population, in the U.S. or otherwise, we're already failing to heed our historical lessons. The best thing about this read was how it described the implications of issue on a world stage as opposed to one single country or region. Doing X will cause Y to happen and Z will or won't fall in place. None of us are innocent in our choices, and the author points this out in a subtle way. However, as I'm sure it was his intention, it makes you think about your everyday decisions and the what those decisions will lead to; be it a world power, a rouge fighting group, or your interpretation of their agenda, we all have a part in how things end up. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century will guide you to open your mind on geo-politics and how those may have an effect on your hyper-local political world.

From artificial intelligence to terrorists who really haven't been as destructive as you might think, Harari's book will test the limits of your brain power and your ability to think beyond your neck of the woods.

Tonight I start Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World.

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