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Simply Living [Kindle Edition]

Shirley Ann Jones , Shirley Jones , Brooke Medicine Eagle
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Book Description

Each of us has a tribal ancestry. We carry within us an ancient identity.

Most of us took the technological path from this source: logical, analytical, exclusive, specialized, centralized. A very small minority has remained on the path of their ancestors: holistic, intuitive, inclusive, diversified, and generalized. Their lives are organized along simpler lines, simpler living. While critically endangered in most parts of the world, and disappearing as larger technological cultures surround and dilute them, the last strains of their wisdom live on today.

Most of us now are trying to simplify our technological lives, to bring our existence more into line with the wisdom of nature and community. Simply Living gathers wisdom from 240 ethnic groups on every continent about this way of life, seeking to find a voice that harkens back to our ancient identity. This is wisdom based in villages and tribes, wisdom built on awareness of the natural world and awareness of the basic human needs often ignored by modern life. Often funny and eccentric, the quotes offered here avoid glorifying indigenous people and instead seek to show the full texture of human experience while revealing the common truths we share.

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  • File Size: 791 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (February 16, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004O4C1IM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,336,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a thought-provoking collection, serious yet fun. September 2, 1999
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This collection of thoughts from around the world emphasizes that wisdom is not limited to technologically advanced society but, in fact, is often found most profoundly in the simplest of cultures. The editor has assembled words of many people in a manner that shows clearly how related all peoples are, how our thoughts, emotions, and perceptions are not limited by the physical and cultural barriers we normally perceive, and how humor, grace, and insight light up lives in all cultures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Celebrates cultures around the world! September 3, 1999
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As the number of indiginous societies declines and technology replaces older ways of life, this book celebrates the principles shared by cultures around the world. Editor Shirley Jones has culled bits of wisdom from 240 ethnic groups on every continent, ranging from the restorative power of one's heritage - to making community. The book has a foreword by Brooke Medicine Eagle. - Publishers Weekly Magazine
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