Reading ‘Homo Deus’. I Hope I Am Not Only Following Mainstreamers

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Before I get acquainted to Yuval Noah Harari, I firstly know Franklin Foer thanks to Foer’s articles on the big threats of social media, artificial intelligence completely steals my attention. I like the way his crafts his opinion, fear as well as advice helping modern people coping with the age of digitalization  before it gets too late.

From his writing, I am transferred to The Atlantic because he is one of the contributors there. I regularly check his story at the Atlantic then find out that the website is full of interesting, thoughtful articles. Once upon a time, I stumble upon an article by Yuval. The theme is similar to the Foer’s main focus.

Yuval’s writing is very long yet I enjoy digesting his idea very much. Unlike Foer, Yuval’s point of view is wider because he takes consideration from history and philosophy to support his core idea on what humans need to do to survive in the era ruled by a few technology giants.

Then, I am curious with this author. Later on I find out that he is a historian, a thinker and yes, a writer. It turns out that he is an international best-selling author thanks to Sapiens and Homo Deus.

In the midst of the excitement after finding good author, I tell my friend about him. And guess what? My pal buys his book first. I think I am among the first who know him but when I attend the Jakarta International Book Fair 2018 this weekend, I totally wrong. Because my senior says he reads the book already and Sapiens. At first, my mind says, “Oh my.. Where the hell have I been?” Which is promptly answered by another mind statement, “Well, you can’t blame yourself because you are the faithful lover of fiction, classic novels, in particular.”

Despite three unfinished books, I purchase Homo Deus during the book fair. I just start reading it today and I can’t put it down. Yuval’s writing technique is well-ordered to convey his opinion. Although I can predict the overall essence of the book, I can’t help feeling amazed by his reading list, knowledge that he needs to put them here and there, weave them neatly to later support his entire opinion.

From history, science, social, religion and philosophy, Yuval mixes them all into this thoughtful piece that I thoroughly enjoy reading it. Some strikes me in the face, like when he talks about the diseases modern people face because of lifestyle compared to hunger and virus outbreak back in the 1300s or 1500s.

Or when he touches issues on knowledge-based economy instead of resource-based on.

After years of reading fiction this is my first try reading non-fictions in thick book as Homo Deus. I love reading long writings on opinions and ideas about culture, social issues and literature, but this is actually my first real non-fiction deal. So far, I completely love the book and I hope I can get many insights from it for feeding my mind, not to follow with what mostly readers read out there.


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