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"In Not the Future We Ordered, Greer offers two inspirational challenges to the reader. One is a new definition of the word hope. 'Hope is not optimism,' he says. 'It is not the passive expectation that good things will inevitably come one’s way. Rather, it is the recognition that no matter what the circumstances might be, there are positive goals that can be achieved if they are pursued with forethought and a sustained willingness to try.' Additionally, Greer issues a clarion call to psychotherapists and helping professionals to move through their own denial and learn the realities of our predicament because they will 'find themselves called upon to deal with the individual and collective psychological impacts of the arrival of a future unpleasantly different from the one most of us expect.' I wholeheartedly recommend Not the Future We Ordered. Just as we face a future that we did not order, Greer suggests strategies that we may not have 'ordered' for preparing emotionally and spiritually to navigate it. These require commitment and a great deal of personal introspection, alongside dynamic engagement with the community in order to create more resilient lives. Not the Future We Ordered abandons all hubris and radically redefines 'hope,' moving it from passive expectation to pro-active empowerment." (Carolyn Baker, Speaking Truth to Power)
John Michael Greer is the author of four books on peak oil and the future of industrial society, The Long Descent, The Ecotechnic Future, The Wealth of Nature and Not The Future We Ordered, and also writes the widely cited peak oil blog “The Archdruid Report.” He lives in Cumberland, Maryland, an old mill town in the Appalachian mountains, with his wife Sara.
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I have never been a believer in the idea that the human species trajectory was hard wired from stone age barbarianism to space age utopia. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Trebor
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The basic premises of this and similar books is that peak oil is upon us(undoubtedly correct) and that civilization as we know it will not survive peak oil (hopefully not correct... Read morePublished 21 months ago by G. Budrikis
I've read many of JMG's works, including many of those outside of his peak oil subject matter. But this one stands out in both its' approach and relevancy. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Quercus
This is a welcome book exploring the myth of progress, or rather religion of progress, in western civilization. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dr. Lionel
When the fossil fuel feast is finished and the church of progress closes our mantra will be "they didn't think of anything" instead of
"they will think of... Read more
Peak oil is a difficult subject. It seems easy but trying to understand our energy situation is a danting task. This book zooms in on the psychology. Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by didier
I'm old enough to remember the fifties and the idea that better living really was possible through chemistry and that jetpacks and flying cars were going to appear in the showrooms... Read morePublished on September 28, 2013 by Melissa Dowd