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Our galaxy has about 300 billion stars, and every yellow dot in this quote’s image is a cluster of galaxies. The realisation that we are all interconnected just requires a higher perspective. We stand at a seminal turning point in human history, whereby extending our empathy beyond family, friends and nationality to all humans could be the evolutionary stepping stone, out of the increasingly possible chance of self-extinction, and into a more congruent Civilization.

From introspection to outrospection, political adviser and social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development and our society. Taken from a lecture given by Jeremy Rifkin as part of the RSA’s free public events programme.

Watch the full lecture here