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Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Great Forgetting, An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit by Daniel Quinn

Have You Heard of The Great Forgetting? It Happened 10,000 Years Ago & Completely Affects Your Life By Deep Ecology Hub

Extract: "The Great Forgetting refers to the wealth of knowledge that our culture lost when we adopted our new civilized lifestyle. The knowledge that allowed indigenous cultures to survive, the knowledge that we had once also been tribal and the understanding that we were but one mere culture of thousands. All of this disappeared in a few short generations.
The Great Forgetting accounts for an enormous cultural collapse as once tribal people found themselves in a new and strange mass centralized society. New beliefs, new ways of life rushed into this cultural vacuum to fill the void. But without being tested by natural selection over thousands of years this new culture was evolutionarily unstable.
It is only recently that the Great Forgetting has been exposed. Understanding it holds the key to making sense of our destructive culture. And remembering what it is that was forgotten holds the key to our future."... -- (contents include: How The Great Forgetting Took Place; The Philosophical Roots of Our Culture; The Truth Is Revealed; The Myth of the Agricultural Revolution; A New Way of Thinking...  continue reading
This article summarizes the ideas of Daniel Quinn, in  The Story of B a sequel to  Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
About the book: "The narrator of this extraordinary tale is a man in search for truth. He answers an ad in a local newspaper from a teacher looking for serious pupils, only to find himself alone in an abandoned office with a full-grown gorilla who is nibbling delicately on a slender branch. “You are the teacher?” he asks incredulously. “I am the teacher,” the gorilla replies. Ishmael is a creature of immense wisdom and he has a story to tell, one that no other human being has ever heard. It is a story that extends backward and forward over the lifespan of the earth from the birth of time to a future there is still time to save. Like all great teachers, Ishmael refuses to make the lesson easy; he demands the final illumination to come from within ourselves. Is it man’s destiny to rule the world? Or is it a higher destiny possible for him—one more wonderful than he has ever imagined?" (Bantam, 1995. 263  pages. ISBN-10: 0553375407)


Quinn ( Dreamer ) won the Turner Tomorrow Award's half-million-dollar first prize for this fascinating and odd book--not a novel by any conventional definition--which was written 13 years ago but could not find a publisher. The unnamed narrator is a disillusioned modern writer who answers a personal ad ("Teacher seeks pupil. . . . Apply in person.") and thereby meets a wise, learned gorilla named Ishmael that can communicate telepathically. The bulk of the book consists entirely of philosophical dialogues between gorilla and man, on the model of Plato's Republic.... (Publishers Weekly)
Through a series of philosophical conversations with the unnamed narrator, a disillusioned Sixties idealist, Ishmael lays out a theory of what has gone wrong with human civilization and how to correct it, a theory based on the tenet that humanity belongs to the planet rather than vice versa. While the message is an important one, Quinn rarely goes beyond a didactic exposition of his argument, never quite succeeding in transforming idea into art. Despite this, heavy publicity should create demand.  (Library Journal)
Quinn is saying that for millions of years humans existed on this planet without conquering it, and that that they did so sustainably. It is not "human beings" that are responsible, it is the "produce or die" culture that's responsible. (By M. Nastasi )

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

David Christopher named as 'a Kahlil Gibran for the 21st Century'

0985933909 The Holy Universe: A New Story of Creation for the Heart, Soul, and Spirit by David Christopher
About the book:
"Taking an unflinchingly realistic look at the global crises we face, yet offering empowerment and hope instead of grim despair, this powerful new narrative transforms the cold, scientific facts of the universe into a soulful story of creation that is reminiscent of humanity’s stories of the ages. Told through a dialogue between a seeker and his sage, the worldview developed here transcends dogma and belief, giving readers a new way to reconnect with the cosmos. Human history is grounded into the larger history of the universe, revealing a context for understanding how humanity has created these global crises and what we can do about them. Through the dialogue, the seeker realizes his importance in the larger story and finds his path in the midst of the turbulence of our times."

Editorial Reviews

" Timeless, yet most relevant for our current issues and challenges we face personally and collectively."  --Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., Cultural Anthropologist, author of The Four-Fold Way, Living in Gratitude, and others

"David Christopher has done a brilliant job of explaining the new science of the evolution of life and the Universe."  --Paul H. Ray, Ph.D., coauthor of The Cultural Creatives: How 50 Million People Are Changing the World

" David is an artist and an activist, a poet and a prophet. His wisdom is vibrant, moving, and powerful." --Lynne Twist, cofounder, The Pachamama Alliance, founder, The Soul of Money Institute, and author of The Soul of Money

"Christopher's writing brings clarity of thought together with a spacious and compassionate view, all in the service of cultural healing."--Mary Gomes, Ph.D., coeditor of Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind

"David Christopher is a Kahlil Gibran for the 21st century. His book uses the venerable tradition of the teaching-story to guide us toward a deeper understanding of the Great Transformation that is the setting for our lives. For readers with a spiritual sensibility, The Holy Universe offers a cosmic perspective grounded in ecological sensibility."--Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute, and author of The Party's Over, The End of Growth, and others

"David Christopher has done a marvelous job in helping us reclaim the word 'Holy.'"  —John Robbins, author, The Food Revolution

"Insightful and thought-provoking; connects the dots between challenges faced by ancient cultures and those confronting us today, in ways that inspire us all to take action."  —John Perkins, author, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

"David’s telling as a conversation between Sage and Seeker brings the vastness of the story closer to our daily experience. His is a fresh and accessible voice." —Vicki Robin, coauthor, Your Money or Your Life

"From past to present, from mythos to mapping a practical path, The Holy Universe offers powerful insights, inspiring us all to care and then take conscious action from a deeply connected place." —Julia Butterfly Hill, author, The Legacy of Luna

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Is Sex Necessary?: Or Why You Feel the Way You Do

Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Quote To Live By: "your health, happiness and life - and it all starts with your mouth"

“... you actually have a lot of power over your health, happiness and life - and it all starts with your mouth. What you put in it, and the words that come out of it, determine your destiny. Shitty nutrition and chemical crutches will wear you out. Stinkin’ thinkin’ and verbal self-abuse amputate your angel wings.” (p. 3). And, "If your body is a temple, then your mouth is the alter" (p. 38)  by Kris Carr in Crazy Sexy Diet: Eat Your Veggies, Ignite Your Spark, and Live Like You Mean It!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Interfaith Wisdom of Martin Luther King, Jr., Plus Weekly faithwise roundup

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Feminist Interpretations of Sacred Voices

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