Monthly Archives: November 2015

AFTERWORD

These are epic times – perhaps the most epic of all human times, since the first cultivations of those large-seeded grasses – and still, that germ of all settled cultures remains – the foundation of modernity is agriculture and central … Continue reading

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CHAPTER TWENTY TWO, FANATACISM

Even so, with regards to raising our glasses to the ordinary, we should resist becoming too passionately ordinary.  We should also try not to make an evil of what threatens our ordinariness. After all, though my ordinariness is my humanity … Continue reading

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CHAPTER TWENTY ONE THE LARGER WORLD

I am responsible for my actions, my work and the thoughts I contribute to the common pot.  My thesis has been that whatever and whoever is in power over my culture and on whatever scale, the culture remains just what … Continue reading

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Chapter Twenty, The Apparent Austerity of an Oil-less Life may be More Convivial & Full Than We Had Imagined

Ivan Illich sought to discover how some tools could assist convivial societies and how some created social division.  He could see that social behaviour in Nineteen Seventy indicated that despite a dependency on finite supplies, most people lived as though … Continue reading

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CHAPTER NINETEEN THE BENEFITS OF THE STATUS QUO MAY NOT BE AS WE SUPPOSE

Here is Ivan Illich on the “benefits” of the average American’s car in 1973: The model American male devotes more than 1,600 hours a year to his car. He sits in it while it goes and while it stands idling. … Continue reading

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CHAPTER EIGHTEEN A SIMPLE POLITICAL MANIFESTO FOR NOW – FOR THE UK AS IT IS, THE TRANSITION

OK put up or shut up you say?  Although the thesis of this book is that cultures are what we do – one by one – and that cultural change comes – also one by one – by the powers … Continue reading

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CHAPTER SEVENTEEN, WHAT MAY ENTICE US FOREWARD?

I must speak for myself.  How else can I speak?  I have mentioned obstacles to appropriate behaviour – now to what may encourage appropriate behaviour.  These are things I’d ask of others: institutions, NGOs and government departments, in reply to … Continue reading

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