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“We can face any future without fear,” says Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, “so long as we know we will not face it alone.” The philosopher, author and former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth eloquently presents a poignant remedy for extremism, xenophobia and social alienation in America and the West. getAbstract recommends this lecture for its moving oration and wisdom and its sterling example of thought leadership.

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Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is the former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

 

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Philosopher Thomas Paine once wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls,” and this sentiment remains true today. Many Westerners feel anxious about the swift pace of change. Their fear has broadened cultural divides and bolstered political and religious extremism. But despite the trying circumstances, everyone can regard the future with courage by confronting it together. Currently, the zeitgeist exalts the self. Consider the popularity of self-help literature, the framing of morality as “being true to oneself,” the view of politics as a stance on personal freedoms and the ubiquity of the selfie. Self-worship brings freedom and power. Yet biologically...


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