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The Good Ancestor

Roman Krznaric

The Good Ancestor

by Roman Krznaric

The Good Ancestor

Roman Krznaric

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In The Good Ancestor, Roman Krznaric unravels the importance of long-term thinking in our daily choices, so that we can guarantee a better future for the next generations.

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The Good Ancestor

by Roman Krznaric

The Good Ancestor

Roman Krznaric

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Most of us like to think of ourselves as good people. We try our best to be kind and considerate of others, from those we love to those we don't even know. However, there's a whole group of people most of us forget to be kind to – the future generations.

In today's world of same-day deliveries, live tweeting, 24-hour news cycles, everything is about the here and now. We rarely think about the long-term consequences of our actions, particularly when we won't be around to see them.

Being a good ancestor is about being a good person in advance. It's as simple as bringing your own reusable carrier bags to the supermarket instead of using plastic bags while you're there. In this book, Roman Krznaric takes you on a historical and cosmic journey to understand deep time and psychology, and unpacks the reasons why we should think long-term in order to be truly good.

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"The most important question we must ask ourselves is 'Are we being good ancestors?'"

Jonas Salk, creator of the polio vaccine

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The Good Ancestor

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