What do Mohandas Gandhi's spectacular asceticism, Masanobu Fukuoka's natural farming, Ivan Illich's appropriate technologies, Noam Chomsky's political pacifism, Vandana Shiva's eco-feminism, Black Elk's visionary shamanism, Chinua Achebe's novels and Isaac Newton's occultism have in common? They can all be understood as attempts to provide alternatives to a reductionist, scientific world-view, one that is so dominant today that it is inconceivable that there could be alternative ways of being.
We all have misgivings about the modern age. And we have been made to believe that science, and only science, has the answer to the problems it creates. Members of ZESTAlternative hope to give voice to such misgivings by exposing each other to important critiques of the modern world, and providing alternatives to the existing systems - systems of education, medicine, technology, agriculture, language, media, art, culture, history, and, why not, even dissent.
Lets regain our diversity - start with one Alternative article every alternate day. Members respond to articles but don't initiate new discussions, because ZESTAlternative is like a study circle which spends more time listening than talking.
- Aug 14, 2004
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