The author of the international bestseller Happiness makes a passionate case for altruism—and why we need it now more than ever.
In this major work, Matthieu Ricard presents a global vision based on decades of personal experience and insight, a road map for the 21st century. It is a fresh outlook on an ardent struggle, and one that just might make the world a better place by simultaneously benefiting ourselves and our society.
The book paints a complete picture of the importance of altruism and the world’s need for it, and explores its impact in society, politics, the economy, the environment, and education.
Major world entrepreneurs, economists, and thinkers have embraced Ricard’s message. It is universal in its approach and will appeal to anyone and everyone who seeks to create a more positive and sustainable future.
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Matthieu Ricard brings together ancient wisdom and scientific insights to put forth a truly compelling global vision for the 21st century. At a time when we as individuals and as a society have largely abandoned that question, his voice, his message and his wisdom are greatly needed.”
– Arianna Huffington
“Altruism is a careful, detailed, hard-nosed assessment of what is needed both for individual happiness and for the welfare of the planet. […] This book is so rich, so diverse and, yes, so long that it is best kept as an inspiring resource to be consulted over many years.” – Wall Street Journal
“Altruism” is just what is needed to bring hope to those depressed by the violence, war, selfishness and corruption that surround us today. Matthieu Ricard provides convincing evidence based on both careful research and personal experience that altruism is an integral part of our nature with the desire to help others not only present in small children, but also in many animals.” – Jane Goodal,
“This remarkable book is an extremely well-documented and elegantly argued plea for altruism, kindness, and compassion….Even little snippets will blow your mind and inspire you, as Matthieu puts it, to change yourself and the world.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn