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Jonathan Leighton takes a hard look at the challenge of reducing suffering in a world propelled by self-interest and takes a brutally honest approach to answering fundamental questions about our existence. Written in a personal, sometimes irreverent tone, The Battle for Compassion synthesizes recent thinking from science, philosophy, psychology and  economics with the author's own reflections. The book draws a broad blueprint for the kind of approaches and thinking that may be needed if we are to salvage a gentler future for our species and others with whom we share our planet. A passionate, philosophical book aimed at every thoughtful reader, the book breaks taboos in honestly confronting some of the key existential questions we are faced with in a world of accelerating change: What are the basic forces driving our species’ trajectory, and where are they leading us? What really matters at the most fundamental level? And what, consequently, would it realistically take for us to re-align our world and preserve a future worth living in?

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