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Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity's Future Paperback – Bargain Price, May 15, 2001
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"The very act of envisioning a better future can in itself initiate change. . . .Promise Ahead inspire[s] those necessary dreams." -- --New Age
"The very act of envisioning a better future can in itself initiate change. . . .Promise Ahead inspire[s] those necessary dreams." -- -- New Age
"[Promise Ahead] alert[s] us to important problems and offers suggestion[s] that are genuinely constructive." -- -- Christian Science Monitor
"[Promise Ahead] alert[s] us to important problems and offers suggestion[s] that are genuinely constructive." -- --Christian Science Monitor
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Duane Elgin is an internationally recognized speaker and author. His books include The Living Universe, Promise Ahead, and Awakening Earth. In 2006, he received the international Goi Peace Award in recognition of his contribution to a global "vision, consciousness, and lifestyle" that fosters a "more sustainable and spiritual culture." He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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This is a close parallel to E. O. Wilson's thoughts outlined in his engaging book, "The Future of Life", where humanity is passing through the "bottleneck" of converging circumstances- a long history of environmental destruction, out-of-control population numbers which are depleting the Earth's resources faster than can be regenerated. In both books, education and adherence to vastly more sustainable lifestyles will be the determining factor as to whether we make it past the 21st century and into the future or we will not heed the call to reform and end up going the way of the dinosaurs.
"We have met the enemy and he is us"- Pogo. Now that we know, will we change our destructive ways?
We have arrived at what Elgin calls "Hitting the Evolutionary Wall" (beginning of chapter 2, p.15) and "Are We Are On A Collision Course With Nature?", so it was fitting that this chapter begins with two good quotes:
"What is difficult is to imagine how to get out of the situation we're in right now in a time frame that is in line with the rate of deterioration that we're seeing."- Paul Hawken ["Natural Capitalism"]. And:
"If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed." Indeed!
Ancient Chinese Proverb.Read more ›
Elgin sees humanity as presently in its "adolescent" stage, with the crisis of the next generation becoming an ordeal of "initiation". To Elgin "our evolutionary challenge is to consciously retain the lessons of each era while moving on to the next". The next era, if we avoid the crash, will be marked by a "compassionate consciousness" for the "Earth and all its inhabitants".
The threat of crash or collapse comes from ecological factors like resource depletion, over population, pollution, and loss of biodiversity, but also from social inequality and injustice. Elgin was well aware of Peak Oil before most people paid any attention. He also cites Jared Diamond's study of the collapse of civilization on Easter Island.
This is balanced by the hope illustrated by successful experiments in sustainability like the village of Gaviotas in eastern Columbia. He sees the media as enabling the creation of a "common purpose for humanity". He has personally conducted "electronic town meetings" and proposes the distribution of "Earthvisions" to counter consumerism.
Duane Elgin sees humanity becoming a "self-organizing planetary family" as it emerges from its coming trials by fire. Yet, if the book has a weakness, it is its lack of a realistic of vision of how all this might come about.Read more ›
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It is a good hedge on a positive future. Possibilities. From a very smart writerPublished 12 months ago by margaret sullivan blanch
It's awesome. A must read for everyone. It provides the facts but also the possibility for a brighter future, a sustainable environment, a better world for all. Read morePublished on November 6, 2013 by Gwendolyn Reese
I enjoy reading Elgin's fearless perspective. He isn't afraid to see our situation in a positive light (Humanities growing pains as we are faced with moving into a mature... Read morePublished on October 29, 2013 by Laura Satori