21 Lessons for the 21st Century
- Author: Yuval Noah Harari
- Pub Date: August 20, 2019
- Page count: 416
- ISBN 10: 0525512195
- Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
The future will be different. Its problems will be more complex than those our society has known for sundry years. In 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari explores the challenges of our age and poses important questions that we need to ask as individuals and a society in order to find, live, and express meaning in the rapidly changing and challenging landscapes of the future. He challenges readers with questions that provoke sincere and critical thinking, vis-à-vis the challenges of our age, articulating brilliantly on a variety of topics — dealing with the rapid environmental changes, the cultural implications of our growing technology, the radicalization of religious beliefs, and a lot more.
While showing a great understanding of the issues of our time — questions related to conserving our humanity in the face of blistering threats from computers and robots, what workforce looks like in the future, how to deal with the problem of terrorism, and crisis facing democracy, the author compels readers to re-think their choices and to move from an individualistic perspective of life to thinking about legacy. This is a daring work that forces the readers to think about topics they would normally shy away from or those that leave the human mind baffled.
Yuval Noah Harari has an inimitable style of writing and his gift of understanding humanity’s history and the changes that guide humankind into the future gives depth and perspective to the writing. This is an innovative, powerful voice that forces you to listen, to stop and pay attention. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century is bold, thought-provoking, and built on the crude realities that stare our generation in the face. Yuval Noah Harari’s is a timely voice with a message that should be listened to, one of those voices that lead humanity into the uncharted and uncertain landscapes of the future.
Reviewed by Bertin Drizller
Review Date: November 11, 2019