There is no doubt that 2020 is the year of shocking events. All the devastating and heartbreaking news bring one crucial reminder: human life is the highest value of all. Only with understanding, support, and accepting each other’s differences, we can live life without losses.
To do so, the team of Headway Media prepared this list of books on humanity, religious knowledge, and enlightenment. We stand together for tolerance and equality. Are you with us?
Stereotypes are all around
It is a well-known scientifically proven fact that people belonging to any minority groups are often stigmatized. Whether based on sex, religion, race, or any other criteria, it happens all the time.
We cannot judge a whole group of people based only on one representative’s actions. When someone is too different from us, the easiest way is to label everyone like them rather than get into details and try to understand what is going on. That’s just how our brain works, and it tries to find the most simple solution possible to something unknown. To understand the issue of diversity, mutual respect, and identity problems, it is a good idea to read Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude M. Steele. This book brings up the discussion about differences and how to solve problems that arise from them. No one can deny that the unified community is what we all need. Still, society cannot achieve it without acknowledging the power of identity, backgrounds, and cultures. Whether you are black or white, gay or straight, Muslim or Christian, this title will help you look at our world from a different perspective for sure.
Understanding is the key
If there were two things we could all agree on answering the question, “Why are we even on this planet?” that would be understanding and knowledge. And no, we are not talking about some scholar wisdom (even though it is also pretty much essential). What we mean is the awareness about our history, present, and future. Keeping your eyes open and being eager to reach the bottom of every modern problem is crucial in today’s world.
According to Immanuel Kant, enlightenment is “humankind’s emergence from its self-incurred immaturity and its lazy, cowardly submission to the dogmas and formulas of religious or political authority.” But don’t worry. We know that Kant’s works are not easy reads to dive into any free time given. That’s why we recommend you read Enlightenment Now: The Case For Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker. It has taken years to achieve what we have, creating equal rights in gender, race, and sexuality, but there is still a lot to do. That’s why it’s time to get yourself familiar with what we can and should do to build a better world.
Lessons must be learned
21 century showed us what progress actually is. It is an exciting mixture of hi-tech, equal rights, old traditions, and cultural peculiarities. Even though life has become more comfortable in some cases, it also became more puzzling and confusing. Alas, no matter how many challenges we’ve already faced, there are much more ahead for us to deal with.
Awareness of what is going on around is crucial. From this observance, we can learn essential lessons and implement them in our future. Yuval Noah Harari’s third book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, will unapologetically teach you twenty-one lessons. After reading this title, you will always keep your eyes wide open and finally eliminate those rose-colored glasses. From disillusionment to education issues, everything you’ve ever worried about in this world is revealed in this groundbreaking bestseller.
For centuries, religions have been the law, the conscience, and the soul of society. The one problem has always been how different these faiths were back then and remain now. Many people think that in the 21st century, all religions have to be wiped out and forgotten. This argument is more than controversial, and whether you agree with it or not, it seems impossible to make it real. So what do we have to do? Drown in the sea of stigma towards Muslims when another terrorist attack happens? Divide people into so-called good and bad Christians? Continue being ignorant about Judaism and other religions?
The answer is no. The only way to integrate religions into our modern world is to educate ourselves on this topic. Whether you believe in God or not, you have to dive deeper into theology so that you could understand other people better and respect them. Yet, of course, it would take a lot of time to read the Bible, Quran, Torah, and other works. But The Religions Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained will show you the big world of different believes in short so that you could get the main ideas of every one of them. It is a real shortcut towards mutual respect and tolerance.
Focus on facts and perspective
During such overwhelming times, it is not surprising that people tend to think that the world is a horrible place and that every inconvenience is a big bad drama. It could be like this, though, when we bury ourselves in everything going on around. This kind of attitude can be incredibly dangerous as we lose our perception of things that are actually damaging and threatening.
The solution is simple. When something happens — check the facts. This way, you will not lose the perspective of important stuff and will once again look at life as a delightful and fascinating journey. This viewpoint is precisely what Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think teaches you. Not only will you find the answers to the most intriguing questions about the place we live in, but you will also learn how not to lose sight of what really matters. Life is beautiful and precious, and we just have to see it.
Heartbreaks are inevitable, and the easiest way to escape them is fighting. But that’s not the only way. With empathy, readiness to learn and accept other people for who they are, we can build a society with much less pain and suffering. Love and support are the only weapons humanity should arm itself with.