Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance by Ian Goldin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
"June 27, 2017 – Finished Reading
June 26, 2017 – page 30
9.38% ""Actually, today, the quality of global health and wealth are at their highest level ever, even for the most disadvantaged populations on earth. Life expectancy has risen by almost two decades since 1960, climbing from 52 to 71 years...""
June 26, 2017 – Started Reading"
"Within a year of this spectacle, the friar became the most powerful figure in Florentine politics by launching a public campaign of moral purification that called for draconian laws prohibiting vice. His rapid ascent to power was mostly a product of good timing. After all, he was preaching his apocalyptic message as the year 1500 drew near – a year many Christians believed would bring the Last Judgment.Today radical messages of hate and extremism also pose a threat. Just take the rise of Islamic State, fringe Christian denominations that preach Islamophobia and homophobia, Orthodox Israeli Jews who assault gay people at pride parades and conceive plots to bomb Arab girls’ schools and, of course, the resurgence of neo-Nazi groups."
The key message in this book:The first Renaissance was a period of tremendous creativity and innovation, but also one of profound destruction and suffering. Today’s world is in many ways similar to the Renaissance of 500 years ago, and a historical perspective can shine a light on its intricacies.
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