- Taschenbuch: 208 Seiten
- Verlag: Broadway Books; Auflage: Pbk (7. November 2000)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0609805363
- ISBN-13: 978-0609805367
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 1,3 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 34 Kundenrezensionen
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Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventure (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. November 2000
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"Beyond Civilization is the most solid, real, practical, and you-can-really-do-it book you'll ever find on how to save the world. Daniel Quinn has again proven he is one of our century's greatest and most insightful thinkers. The re-tribalization of the world: what an extraordinary possibility!"
-- Thom Hartmann, author of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight
"As always with Quinn, his argument is crystalline and reads like a thriller. He shows us that getting 'beyond' the mess of civilization doesn't mean changing human nature or setting off a revolution. We need only breathe new life into an ancient human strategy for survival. Quinn's plan is inspiring and devilishly clever."
-- John Briggs, author of Seven Life Lessons of Chaos
Now in trade paperback, Beyond Civilization is poised to reach the huge audience that catapulted this author's Ishmael onto the paperback bestseller lists. In his first work of non-fiction to build on the ideas of his "Ishmael" books, Daniel Quinn argues provocatively that civilization - a system to which we cling as it carries us toward global catastrophe - is an idea whose time has past. If humanity is to survive, we must move beyond civilization, not back to the tribal cultures that sustained our species for millions of years, but forward to a new tribal way of life that is right for our age. This new tribal culture is best exemplified by a circus whose members all work toward the same goal. In Beyond Civilization, Quinn argues persuasively that this is no utopian dream. It is a vital necessity that we must begin moving toward today.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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The most incredible things about this book are two ways in which it succeeds through apparent paradoxes. First, it is so clear and simply written even as it provides a feast's worth of food for thought. Second, Quinn's thoughts about how to carve a new path simultaneously show vast transformative potential even as they, in a way, seem so mundane, accessible, doable, practical. The lesson is clear: what seems like paradox or impossibility to us only seems so because we are used to thinking in a particular way. Change your way of thought and paradoxes resolve, contradictions disappear, new opportunities present themselves, problems are solved.
Without being utopian in the slightest, without suggesting any sort of uprising, Quinn shows how personal emotional fulfillment and saving the world, economic health and ecological sustainability, are not only compatible but mutually supportive. Their realization is within our power as individuals: we do not have to wait for politicians, religious leaders, CEOs or movie stars to change the world for us - indeed, many of them are just spinning their wheels on a road to nowhere, despite their good intentions. Beyond Civilization gives hope to those of us who are frustrated with how things are without taking anything away from those who are already fulfilled. Instead of calling for the end of civilization, it simply calls forth another option.
This is recommended reading for anybody who doesn't like their job but doesn't see another option, who wishes there was no poverty or hunger but doesn't have the power to feed the world, who wishes there was no homelessness but doesn't have extra space to offer, who wants to save the rainforests but also wants to save people's jobs. In short, this is recommended reading for everybody.
This non-fiction presentation is profound in its format; each page presents a specific topic and discussion which can send the thoughtful reader into the most profound and inspiring rumination on some of the most important issues and considerations for our survival as a species.
The writing is deceptively simple and direct in style, presenting thoughts as significant to political, social, environmental, and personal life in the 21st Century as the deceptively simple equation "E=mc2" was to 20th Century science. Ideas like, "There is no one right way for people to live," for example. Think about it!
This is a book to read, reread, consider and think about over and over again. While seeming to overlook just how many unsolved problems have been created by, and how imperfect is, the way we're living now, some will criticize the book by saying it doesn't solve everything and isn't perfect. But "Beyond Civilization" isn't meant to be the complete answer, "only" the most complete asking of the real questions, along with some of the most profound suggestions for answers ever found in one book.
If we're to survive as a species, and beyond that to achieve truly meaningful and happy lives as individuals, Daniel Quinn has given us what may be the most important book to be written for the next millennium. It's certainly a most profound, provocative, stimulating, and seminal work, while remaining eminently and enjoyably readable.
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