A Guide to the New World.

Author:Silverstein, Barry
Position:Book review

Anatoly Ulianov (author), Michael Laitman (author), Chaim Ratz (editor); A GUIDE TO THE NEW WORLD; ARI Publishers (Nonfiction: Social Science) 15.00 ISBN: 9781897448724

Byline: Barry Silverstein

Solving the world's problems is obviously no small task, but Michael Laitman and Anatoly Ulianov, writing on behalf of the Advanced Research of Integration (ARI) Institute, attempt to consolidate the solution into one central premise: that of "mutual guarantee." The authors believe that globalization has created an environment in which "we are all connected to and dependent on one another like cogwheels in a machine." If people all over the globe can change their mindset from "caring for oneself into caring for all," write the authors, then everyone would be far better off.

The authors explain the notion of mutual guarantee by breaking the book into two parts. Part 1 addresses the key principles related to the concept. Here the authors discuss how mutual guarantee relates to nature, as well as practical issues, such as changing the public discourse, implementing the concept with the help of the Internet, the need to turn school into a place of social learning rather than individual learning, and the way in which mutual guarantee would achieve social justice. In Part 2, they briefly describe how a new society could be established based on the concept of mutual guarantee. One key cornerstone is recognizing that everyone is equal. The authors write, "We must change our social...

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