Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Progress ???

Editorial Reviews

Wright observes with unrelenting eloquence that our planetary civilization lives precariously, far beyond its means. "Hope drives us to invent new fixes for old messes," he acknowledges, neither claiming nor wanting to be a prophet. We certainly have the tools for change and remediation; we also know what our ancestors did wrong and what happened to them. We're faced, our author observes, with two choices: either do nothing--what he calls "one of the biggest mistakes"--or try to effect "the transition from short-term to long-term thinking." --Ted Whittaker

Ok, a very, very good friend of mine--Dave--sent me this book last year and both DH and I have finally finished it (only 130 pages long). It is well thumbed--scary as hell because I really can't see us (human beings) changing our ways that much. However, there is always hope!! In the spirit of spreading the word and learning the valuable lessons that history has to teach us, I'm going to pass this copy on to anyone who wants it. It is dogeared because I am a page turner by nature.

You just have to promise to pass it on when you are done. I'll try and get another copy and pass that on too.


  1. I'll pick it up on my own, but I appreciate the offer. I can't promise I would pass it on. It looks interesting.

    This comment from Whittaker: "neither claiming nor wanting to be a prophet..."

    Huh? Isn't that just a tad grandiose?

  2. I'm going to paraphrase because I don't remember the quote exactly, nor do I remember who said it, but ... Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.

  3. Just a tad :) in that context, but in other ways Wright could be defined as a prophet:

    Somebody who foretells the future.
    Somebody who advocates a cause or idea.

    He isn't seeing visions of the future--but looking at patterns of the past and saying what 'may' happen. And he advocates conserving the natural world and living in balance with nature.

    I don't like the word *prophet*--it has too many religious conitations nowadays, but that isn't the only meaning of the word :)

  4. Eve--exactrly! You're the Anthropology lady!!

  5. And I had this conversation just yesterday. And last week. It really is a constant topic of debate here in Oil Country.

    I'll get my copy from the library so that someone else may have a chance at yours. Thanks, Toni!

  6. Looks like a great read.

  7. Funnily enough we had a bit of a heated 'E' discussion today at work where myself and one colleague try to do our bit to preserve our beautiful world, whereby two other colleagues 'live for today and sod everyone else'!! Have I missed the plot or is that what this book is about and opening our eyes to where we are? If so I would love a read and would love to pass it on to the heathens to read too!! Happy to purchase or borrow.... xx

  8. Deb, I will put it in my suitcase and swap for The Silver Brumby.

    Don't want to get deep on my blog LOL so I'll leave my thoughts at that.

  9. And the history major too.

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