How far do cultures affect the future of the planet? Can the debate
on the environment and global warming be influenced by the cultures
of East and West understanding each other better? In this
consistently provocative dialogue, two of the most influential
thinkers of recent times propose that only a 'human revolution' - a
shift in the hearts and minds of individuals - can stimulate a
revolution in humanity's relationship with the planet. Such a
planetary revolution first requires a transformation of moral and
political leadership, and an orientation towards the future rather
than a preoccupation with the short-termist policies of the
present. Responding to humanity's ills from the Buddhist
perspective, and with all the accumulated wisdom of the eastern
philosophical tradition, Daisaku Ikeda calls for politicians to
take as their mainstays a respect for the dignity of life and an
eloquence to inspire in people a sense of community and courage.
Correspondingly, renowned western economist and scholar of
education Ricardo Diez-Hochleitner stresses the importance of
proper educational planning and development in addressing the
challenges posed by poverty, inequality and climate change. While
acknowledging the scale of the task that lies ahead, both men offer
an inspiring and hopeful vision for the future.
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