Summary of How to Let Altruism Be Your Guide

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Humanitarian Matthieu Ricard joyfully leads the charge to create a more altruistic society.


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Humanity can prosper on Earth for the next 150,000 years, but only if people make some major changes. Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard gently and persuasively exhorts people everywhere to tackle the world’s greatest challenges with an altruistic mind-set. By taking care of all of the Earth’s inhabitants, as well as the Earth itself, you ultimately take care of your own happiness. getAbstract believes his uplifting message will inspire all progressive thinkers.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the future holds if people continue to act in their own selfishness,
  • How humans are wired to behave altruistically and
  • Which three factors can foster an altruistic society.


Before the industrial and technical revolutions, the Earth could handle damage humans inflicted on it. Today, however, human activities jeopardize the planet’s ecosystems, testing the limits of “planetary boundaries.” By 2050, 30% of Earth’s species will be extinct, and the Himalayan glaciers are melting...
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About the Speaker

Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist monk, humanitarian, photographer and author.

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