We all have a stake in Ireland’s future. Most of us will probably see the year 2050 — but we don t necessarily act as though we will. As a country, we face serious threats from economic uncertainty, climate change, inequality, energy security and an ageing population — and, contrary to belief, technology won’t solve all our problems.
Marriage, work, leisure, travel, climate, housing, inequality, and government are amongst the many areas investigated by economist Stephen Kinsella, as he discusses, through the fictional Murphy family, how we will go about daily life in 2050.
Ireland in 2050 asks some truly vital questions and delivers a fascinating and jargon-free account of the kind of Ireland we might like to have in 2050 — and the one we might end up with, if we make the wrong choices now.
Richard Dawkins once wrote, “Let us try to teach generosity and altruism, because we are born selfish.” Francis Collins, former Director of the Human Genome Project, believed that our selfless moral feelings conflict with the evolutionary urge to preserve our DNA, and could only have come to pass as a result of divine intervention. They were both wrong.
In The Pursuit of Kindness, Éamonn Toland provides compelling evidence from biology, psychology, history and archaeology that, for 95 percent of the time that humans have walked the earth, survival of the fittest for our species has meant survival of the kindest. In fascinating, clearly written and entertaining prose, he argues that collaboration is more deeply engrained than competition, and that it is only by working together that human beings can prosper. In an increasingly polarised world, The Pursuit of Kindness offers an optimistic view of human development; it is essential reading for all those interested in the survival of the human species.
The Pursuit of Kindness will be published on 27 May 2021.
Publication will be supported by an extensive UK campaign by Midas PR.
The book is available for preorder now.