As I proceed with these other projects, I’m also starting to assemble a list of “100 Great Books for the Human Future.” In essence, I ask: What books should we read if we want to dedicate ourselves to the challenge of maintaining a livable human future in the year 2050, if we want to approach this mid-century mark in a way that gives hope for the long-term future of humanity? What might we take as the “core curriculum” for the 21st century?
I think there will be some overlap with old lists of “the classics”: These keep us grounded in our deeper human heritage and embody many of the ideals we now struggle to preserve. Yet we live in an era of rapid change, in a world that grows increasingly more complex, and we need new ideas for a new age. It is not just a problem of being fresh and creative. Amidst the cacophony of the modern world, we need to find the best books to help prepare our minds, books that bring thought to a new level, that help us think more clearly and act most wisely.
Note: I may not be able to respond to every email, but I’d love to get your suggestions on which books to include.