Are we naturally brutish or collaborative? The West has consistently argued for the former and imposed ‘civilization’ onto the world. But that was simply a convenient argument based on their immediate environs and to feed their insatiable greed. The East was always much more harmonious, just like human societies that survived 50,000 years. But look where it got them? Who were the ‘savages’ by the way? We lost morality and succumbed to an individualistic life of comfort, which has resulted in gross inequalities (to their benefit) and unprecedented environmental destruction. Is this ‘progress?’ This decision will fundamentally determine our choices for the future. Do we continue up the path of restlessness (or recklessness) or go back down the road of peacefulness (within ourselves) and harmony (with our environment)? The latter will not be easy, though, and the cynic in me says, “Why bother?” The hopeful in me, “Why not?” But the latter continues to prevail, and that is my single most important reason for writing this book – to leave a legacy for my children. I continue to hope that they may find a life of meaning rather than be swept away in one of indulgence.
SHAME ON YOU WHITE MAN
Author : Uday Kagal - A Hopeful Cynic
Binding : Paperback
Publication Date : March 2020
Uday Kagal - A Hopeful Cynic
Uday Kagal has worked for 32+ years across the social and business domains, mostly in India. He studied Rural Management and spent the first five years in rural development and later also set up a social enterprise. The next 13 were in the corporate sector (including seven years in Dubai), last with Unilever and HSBC Bank. He started ISC Innovation in 2005 to provide innovation consulting services to the corporate and development sectors. He is a late-in-life self-realized maverick who loved the stimulation both domains provided but was disillusioned by the inefficiencies in the former, and the lack of purpose in the latter. He has authored three books – Philanthropy Sucks! It only perpetuates dependencies , Origins: A satire on human civilization, Book 1/12: The Origin of Death , and Dare to Care: One possible future for corporations – and the world .
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