Pub Date 07 Jun 2017
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A rollicking treatise on human achievement and potential that offers the keys to perfecting our purpose: establishing Freedom and its Responsibilities for All.
In All’s Well. Where Thou Art Earth and Why, entrepreneur and philanthropist John Lefebvre blends philosophy, metaphysics and ethics into an original, lyrical meditation on our place in the Universe, and how short the distance we have come compared to the way before us.
Lefebvre suggests that—at our core—we are the Universe’s vessels of consciousness, astonishment and love. With this up-sizing of the human condition, Lefebvre argues that the United States’ founding principles form the correct basis for Universal Rights and Responsibilities, including the rights to:Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness Access to food, clothing and shelter Access to the tools of self-improvement, to health care, basic capital, and justice The Right to a Healthy Environment
The trouble is that these rights are not, nor have they ever been, universal. And they come with dire responsibility. The Responsibility of Freedom is to assure all others have every right, fully as well.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that (quaintly referring to our species as “men,” says Lefebvre) all men are created equal, and that they are endowed with certain unalienable Rights.” Though they may not have fully comprehended the breadth and extent of their words, Lefebvre tells us, by some genius they stumbled upon eternal truth.Those who accept what freedom has fallen in their lap but who ignore what those less fortunate must suffer, have not earned their Freedom but, merely, taken liberties. Even these liberties come with responsibilities: to protect all humans from deprivation, and protect all our natural bounty, Earth, from degradation. To accept that these responsibilities have no borders, and to act accordingly, the fair price of Freedom, has never been more pressing.
Interweaving small, autobiographical glimpses of Lefebvre’s remarkable life and career, All’s Well is nevertheless a story of us all, providing a rare and lyrical perspective on humankind—and what both parts of that word truly mean.