The Ascent of Humanity

Civilization and the Human Sense of Self
Narrated by: Steve Wojtas
Length: 27 hrs and 26 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Charles Eisenstein explores the history and potential future of civilization, tracing the converging crises of our age to the illusion of the separate self. He argues that our disconnection from one another and the natural world has mislaid the foundations of science, religion, money, technology, economics, medicine, and education as we know them. It has fired our near-pathological pursuit of technological Utopias even as we push ourselves and our planet to the brink of collapse.

Fortunately, an Age of Reunion is emerging out of the birth pangs of an earth in crisis. Our journey of separation hasn't been a terrible mistake but an evolutionary process and an adventure in self-discovery. Even in our darkest hour, Eisenstein sees the possibility of a more beautiful world - not through the extension of millennia-old methods of management and control but by fundamentally reimagining ourselves and our systems. We must shift away from our Babelian efforts to build ever-higher towers to heaven and, instead, turn our attention to creating a new kind of civilization - one designed for beauty rather than height. Breathtaking in its scope and intelligence, The Ascent of Humanity is a landmark book showing what it truly means to be human.

©2017 Charles Eisenstein (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Yale graduate, professor, speaker, and author, remove the letters 'se' from his surname and you have an idea just how brilliant a thinker Eisenstein is considered to be." ( Montreal Gazette)
"This is an extraordinary book. Eisenstein has put his finger on the core problem facing humanity - namely: separation. All the crises that humanity now faces are grounded in the belief that we are separate - separate from each other, separate from the biosphere that sustains us, separate from the universe that has brought us forth. This is a tour-de-force filled with astounding insight, wit, wisdom and heart." (Christopher Uhl, author of Developing Ecological Consciousness: Paths to a Sustainable Future)

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I love this author!

If you read one you will want to read them all. This author is an important voice of our time.

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Life Changing

The perspective Eisenstein elucidates puts into words feelings I have known for a long time. To hear them put them into a clear coherent and intellectual conception was liberating.

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Everyone

This should be required reading/listening for freshmen in college and seniors in college. Required reading/listening for fellow humans everywhere.

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Amazing must read!

Charles book gives me much hope for the Future and the human’s role in birthing a more beautiful world! This is the best book I have read, ever!

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A necessary book for our time

This book will give you hope for the future as our civilization slides towards collapse and a new beginning. Start the Age of Reunion now in your heart. My thanks to Audible for making this title available.

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  • JM
  • 09-14-20

Beautiful

This book is a practical approach to seeing that spirit is not separate from this or that. It is about a connected world and ultimately unity forgotten in the illusion of separation.

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  • MF
  • 03-03-20

Timeless yet Era Defining

One of the great volumes of knowledge in this Era. This is not an endorsement of everything in the book. Although I do not always agree with everything said, this is a highly enlightening book that literates many concepts and ideas that many of us intellectuals have cognated throughout our life. To have these pondered and written down for all time is amazing. This is a masterpiece of human achievement.

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Wow. Paradigm shifting book.

This book had me blown away multiple times. Eisenstein is one of the great “thinkers” of our time. Buckle up for a mind bending and paradigm shifting read.

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Another great book by Charles

Love this book for giving such interesting perspectives on many things I've thought about for a long time, but never with this level of clarity and kind of broad picture.

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Greatest Book of All Time

If you want to understand the complex problems of humanity, from our ancient past, to our gigantic civilizations, to the very personal experience of each child, young adult, adult, and elder... then read this book.

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  • 01-17-19

drawn out and disappointing

the narrator makes this unnecessarily drawn out book difficult to get through. I gave up on this book years ago. having tried again, I have to give up again. so much potential, though, so am disappointed.

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  • 11-10-19

An Enduring Optimism

Charles brilliantly illustrates the depth of separation so pervasively imbedded in humanity's view of Self and how fallacious it truly is. In parts I was reduced to tears as I felt into trauma we have endured for so long. Yet, still, I was left with an enduring optimism that a more beautiful world certainly is possible. One I wish to help create. I'm beyond grateful that Charles is offering his gifts in such a beautiful and meaningful way.

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  • 01-08-18

Destroy Erase Improve

This book is amazing. My only warning is that it is packed full with information and you will want to pause the book to contemplate what has been said. Or you could do what I did and take notes in evernote. This book is like yuvals Sapiens, but on steroids. I loved it. you should read it (or listen to it)