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Re: Materialism and Beyond (was: DQ controversy)

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  • frostyrush
    Hey Stephen, Your last 3 paragraphs really spoke to me, for many reasons. But most importantly, too, my focus is on books (and actions) that focus on making
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      Hey Stephen,

      Your last 3 paragraphs really spoke to me, for many reasons.

      But most importantly, too, my focus is on books (and actions) that focus on making things work, rather than just how broken things are.
      (As if _we_ needed more convincing of _that_?

      Scott (from Argentina, member since 2002)



      --- In ishmael_discussion@yahoogroups.com, Stephen Figgins <stephen@...> wrote:
      >
      > On the subject of technology, I have enjoyed some of the writings of Steve
      > Talbott. You might too. You can find his writings here:
      >
      > http://www.natureinstitute.org
      >
      > I'm checking out Ellul. I don't know if I'll get to Bauman's book though.
      > My library doesn't have it. I did check out his wikipedia page and so got a
      > quick synopsis of his ideas on liquid modernity.
      >
      > The breakdown of a larger cultural context is something I struggle with
      > sometimes. Here in the US we have mostly lost a concept of extended family,
      > and our traditional cultural connections have melted away in the melting
      > pot. Even the nuclear family has a hard time holding it together. I wonder
      > what this will mean for my own family, especially as my kids are getting
      > older.
      >
      > In a way, I've been looking for my tribe. I think I have found it in
      > certain communities, (the bioregional and wilderness awareness communities)
      > but it's still a hazy thing. We will have a lot of work ahead of us to pull
      > things together.
      >
      > Sometimes I get tired of books that tell me how everything is broken. I
      > tend to skim through them now, looking for the chapters on what to do now.
      > I better appreciate books that have ideas on how to make things work.
      >
      > --
      > Stephen
      >
      >
      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
      >
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