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The publication denounces the irresponsible recklessness of a few geopolitical agendas that are pushing the realm relentlessly towards an enormous worldwide warfare, and doubtless towards nuclear destruction or apocalypse. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has lately put the "Doomsday Clock" at 3 mins to middle of the night. indicators pointing towards a potential grand catastrophe are a number of: all over the place one appears in our global this present day one reveals ethnic and non secular conflicts, bloody mayhem, incipient genocide, proxy wars and "hybrid" wars", renewal of the chilly struggle. upload to those ills worldwide fiscal crises, monstrous streams of refugees, and the threats posed via worldwide warming - and the image of a global in whole affliction is whole. hence, it's excessive time for humankind to get up. ranging from the portrayal of worldwide "anomie", the ebook concerns a decision to humans far and wide to oppose the push to destruction and to come to political sanity and the search for peace. it is a name to international public accountability. In moral phrases, it says that folks in every single place have a duty to avoid apocalypse and to "maintain" our global or "hold the area jointly" in all its dimensions - together with the scale of human and social existence, traditional ecology, and human religious aspirations (or openness to the divine). another way out: in lieu of the existing affliction and brokenness, the ebook urges us to look for a brand new "wholeness" and simply peace.

The booklet is intercultural and in addition inter-disciplinary. because the target is holistic - to carry the realm jointly - the publication inevitably has to attract on many disciplines: together with philosophy, theology, social technology, background, and literature. by way of Western philosophical and highbrow legacies, it attracts often at the teachings of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida. It additionally deals a totally new interpretation of the paintings of Thomas Hobbes, unearthing during this paintings a moral call for to go out from the country of perpetual conflict towards a shared commonwealth. The textual content additionally is determined by the lessons of Christian theology (both Catholic and Protestant), invoking at the most important junctures the works of Karl Barth, Raimon Panikkar, and others. by way of non-Western highbrow and religious legacies, the publication bargains new interpretations of top texts within the Indian and chinese language traditions. therefore, emphasis is put on the information of "world upkeep" (loka-samgraha) in Hinduism and of "All-Under-Heaven" in classical chinese language notion. even though a valuable thrust of the textual content is for a brand new wholeness, the target isn't a uniform synthesis the place every thing will be swallowed up in a bland team spirit. fairly the problem is tips to protect range of the realm in its rightful integrity, by way of linking all components in a fancy net of interconnections and "relationality".

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