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"A harvest of utterly sane, consoling, and life-affirming insight from one of the wisest minds of our time." -- Los Angeles Times
The late E.F. Schumacher understates his case in titling this book A Guide for the Perplexed; what he undertakes is to provide nothing less than a Manual for Survival, concerned not merely with individual physical or even societal endurance (though that, too), but more importantly with the full realization of human potential.
Does that sound impossibly ambitious? It's only the beginning. In the process of articulating his view of life, Schumacher proceeds to knock the foundation from under much of what science has been about these past few centuries, and then to bring into synthesis the definitive tenets of the world's major religions. All this -- and more -- in only 140 pages.
But hold the snickers; the man pulls it off. Compelling reasoned and persuasively presented, this Guide diagrams a view of humans and the world in which they live that will challenge and stimulate every thoughtful reader." -- Newsday
An inspired critique of modern materialistic values and a road map for achieving one's true, higher potential from "one of the wisest minds of our time."*
"This is what my life has been leading to," said the maverick economist E. F. Schumacher upon completing A Guide for the Perplexed, his summation of a lifetime of wisdom. The author of the classic Small Is Beautiful, the "eco bible" (Time) named one of the Times Literary Supplement's 100 Most Influential Books Since World War II, Schumacher charts the failings of "materialistic scientism," the system of thought that dominates the developed world and which Schumacher charges with narrowing the horizons of human experience. Instead, he seeks to offer a new, far more expansive "map for living" that liberates our goals beyond the constraints of logic and inspires in us the faith to choose a life of higher significance. "Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns," he writes, "but that is of interest only to pigs. Our faith gives us something much better: that we can become oak trees."--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I read this over a couple of days, initially loved it, and couldn't wait to see where it was going. Unfortunately, it fell down the well with so many others - really good at... Read morePublished 1 day ago by 80s Product
This book is a concise review of how modern western culture has gone astray, and lays out some fundamental concepts and practices that may provide a path of the correction of our... Read morePublished 4 days ago by J. Kuniholm
Schumacher’s A Guide for the Perplexed is the author’s response to the philosophical juggernaut of materialism in the western world. Read morePublished 1 month ago by G. K. Klug
Probably more than ever, we need to go back to the 1970s and reread these Schumacher classics about humanistic economics -- incl "Small is Beautiful". Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Turnbull
Schumacher - what a master brain and an excellent presenter! He lays out how to live in this world, and what our goals should be. l've always loved this book.Published 6 months ago by Zamboni
This book is not an argument against science. Contrarily, the author points out the great benefits gained through scientific thought. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Charlie
Simply brilliant. Raises the most important questions human being can ask, if he or she bothers. I wish they studied this book at schools. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Smet