6. February 2019

Yuval Noah Harari: 21 lessons for the 21st century

21 lecke a 21. századra

First day

Great book, typical Israeli creation: intellectually high-flying, an inexhaustible collection of data and opinions. There’s just a problem: it’s too much up-to-date. Until it ends up at the reader, many of the issues are out of date. The same historian would probably dissert more relevant about 100 or 1000 years ago. Or about the future: „Homo Deus – A Brief History of Tomorrow
An interesting analysis: »In 1938, humanity could choose from three more global stories [fascism, communism, liberalism], in 1968 only two [communism, liberalism], and in 1998, just one story [liberalism] remained; by 2018 this number dropped to zero.«
I did not know: »In 2015, the US air force did not have enough qualified staff to fill all these positions and was in an ironic crisis because of its inability to get people to unmanned aircraft.«

Second day

Great book, I can hardly lay it down. Although not easy to read, it is so rich of thoughts and ideas. Although a lot of my opinion is quite different from the author’s, but that’s why it’s more interesting to read it. What I dislike is that he is too much a child of his own civilization; and that he is talking about what everyone talks about. However, he is not taken in by conspiracy theories, but – based on his great knowledge – he reviews them and designs his own conclusion, which is often the opposite of mine. The least sympathetic is that he is a poof; that’s alone is not a problem for me, just his feeling of necessity to make it public – his argumentation would be the same effective without that. But, he is the child of his own civilization, and this (not the fact, but its advertising) counts nowadays for glory.

Third day

Unfortunately, I have to withdraw my previous exaltation. In fact, I feel to be foxed by the Liberoids. At the beginning, they were pretending to be ooh how flexible, real liberals, knowing all opposite opinions and including them into their reflections. All that for only just to pay attention to them, and then to deluge me with the same ideology that is constantly flowing from German television. The further I advance in the book, the more annoyed I am: again and again happens the same. The more one-sided argumentation, the more ruthless proclamation of sole and exclusive truth. These is the problem of these very intellectuals that they are so convinced of the omnipotence of their intellectuality that they cannot imagine other results than theirs. Of course, I include myself under the same judgment.

Fifth day

Okay, I am slightly relaxed at the end. The book as a whole is not as annoying as some chapters. Actually, a rather hapless man wrote it, having sunk into his own faith in his intellectual mind. Even though all faith, religion, God, church in all sorts, are ruthlessly ransacked; and he loses his credibility just in these chapters, event his sanity: he doesn’t even mention the Marxism-inspired atheistic theologians (Bultmann, etc.), denying God’s existence, but acknowledging the psychological and social role of belief in Him, here and there even praising it. In contrary, he is almost anesthetizing in these chapters. However, he later explains that there is no alternative to all these (and many other) stabilizing forces, even intellectuality, because the world is changing at such a pace that you cannot be prepared for it: it is impossible to know what is coming in the future, but then it is getting faster. Of course, this is very depressing – I know that. Obviously, he did not find in the book of Isaiah what I did: „For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.“


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