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It encourages empathy, action and open-mindedness in the face of centuries of violence and hopelessness. Industrial civilization is a bona fide monster.

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This is only possible if there is openness and willingness for a profound change of attitude in adults from the outset. Hard work at anything to keep life together. Aug 03, Simone rated it really liked it.

But the thing is how do I know he didn’t just ignore any predictions that turned out to be wrong? There are some moves to use our volcanoes as rather efficient garbage dumps, but do we know what the impact of that might really be? Nov 25, Deeann rated it it was amazing. Might be my favorite book, one of those titles that always stay with you. It bothers me how much time and energy is spent fighting over the psychological effects of using things that we all know shouldn’t even be created in the first place.

The word games have just gotten more sophisticated in the sense that sophistica I’ve been trying to avoid books that are over 10 years old since things are changing so fast but this one is still better than most of the newer stuff I’ve read. In reality living in balance with all of nature is preferable than the nightmare that we have created.

Mander worked with the noted environmentalist, David Brower, managing the Sierra Club’s advertising campaigns to prevent the construction of dams in the Grand Canyon, to establish Redwood National Park, and to stop the U. In an interview with Nancho. Mander speaks for peace, justice, nature, love, health, the long-term survival of humanity, and a critical deliberation of values, all of which have been silenced in the name of profit and technological progress.


Mander’s fierce intellect cuts through our worship of technology and belief and goes to the bone of what sustains us. What Mander does try to do is introduce a bit of thought into the choices we each make whether we, as an individual, are a consumer or a producer of the marvels of our age.

No trivia or quizzes yet. It is about the effects of technology on us as a people. We come to the world with a defined and organized internal program, with a wide range of instruments and mechanisms that make our lives possible. I did not get the impression that Mander wanted us all to return to loin cloths and some mythological pre-industrial Eden.

It will cause hyper or hyperactivity, boredom, lack of concentration, lack of initiative, self-interest, fragility in your health Powerful, eye-opening perspectives on the role of technology in modern society and the decimation of native peoples.

This is probably I wish I had read this book twenty years ago when it was written! My father’s career had followed the path familiar to so many New York immigrants. The only other thing he said that sounded totally wrong to me was a line about beaver hunting where he claims beavers can be caught from a single lodge.

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May 21, Abner Rosenweig rated it it was amazing. Feb 19, Michaela rated it it was amazing.

Will humans ever be mature enough to have power but ausenfia use it, or to carefully control how we use it? After receiving his M. The people who live near what we call “resources” already know they are there, and are happy to leave them in place.

Avoid becoming an automated consumer, buying whatever is the latest and greatest. In sum, this is a provocative book that pulls back the curtain on a great deal of injustice, inhumanity, and thoughtless action in the name of progress. Probably the most astonishing revelation this part of the book held for me was that the ways in which a new invention will affect society are largely predictable, and that companies seeking to market a new product will often, if the product is revolutionary enough, commission reports on its likely social impacts!


Be the first to ask a question about In the Absence of the Sacred. Many of the organizations he lists are extant, such as Cultural Survival https: Not being able to take these ausencix steps, unfortunately, creates difficulties for the organism: Toffler recommended something similar in “Future Shock.

Oh I think his thesis is that most technology is bad but he didn’t really spell it out in the beginning so I may be wrong. The point is we should be listening to those who have managed to lead sustainable lifestyles for millennium and combine their wisdom with our ever increasing knowledge.

I think we could live in a sustainable, just society, and explore space, too. This was just a lucky find in a used book store. For those interested in going deeper into these topics, we recommend the works by the following authors: Struggling out of poverty. In this environment, everything takes on materiality: Technology, I suggest, is only instrumental in a positivist, mechanistic, materialist paradigm that desiccates the human spirit. But while this would have improved the reading experience, the value of the criticism is the same.

It takes a lot more time to get laws enacted, but then there’s been a lot of discussion that has involved all, and a lot of solidarity and energy when a new idea is put in place. Like I said, he may address some of this later but to throw things out there and not relatively quickly address the most obvious counter arguments seems disingenuous to me.

One of the most deeply moving books I’ve ever read — and one that makes as much sense to me as any I’ve read. He also discusses the plight on the Native American in our world of technology Quotes from In the Absence of In one sense that is cool, but he never really addressed any point that might detract from his thesis.