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Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilisation Paperback – June 7, 2013
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Dr Samuel Alexander is a part-time lecturer with the Office for Environmental Programs, University of Melbourne, Australia. He teaches a course called ‘Consumerism and the Growth Paradigm: Interdisciplinary Perspectives’ in the Masters of Environment.
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Each time I read a chapter, I come back to my industrialized reality with fresh eyes. Everything in my world looks strange, the wastefulness of my consumer habits fall into relief and I feel a genuine sense of bewilderment at my own actions.
My sincere thanks are due to this thoughtful and gifted author for shaking my world around with this insightful tale. May Entropia become a reality in many ways around the globe as we turn with hope (and some disdain) away from our turn-of-the-millenium habits.
Set on an island somewhere near New Zealand during a period near the end of this century, the book tells the tale of the rise and development of a voluntary community practicing and living via material sufficiency after the collapse of industrial civilization. The story draws you in whereby you feel like part of the community as the narrator describes the various societal systems that have been put in place over many generations. It feels realistic and believable.
Samuel Alexander has written an inspiring vision of the post-industrial era, giving me hope that we can all build a better society from the ashes of today's consumer culture.
I finished the book with more fire in my belly for the changes we could and should be making towards a more constructively imagined existence, and a sense that there are many of us just waiting to connect with each other to realise what is at once an attractive and necessary idea.
The book itself flirts between an essay, novel and documentary. It is a little confusing at first, but the writing is artfully done and makes some very elegant points.
I can highly recommend this book for an optimistic view of our future, for it points the way for something that many of us yearn for.
I highly recommend this to all who are concerned about the current state of human civilization and who wish to work for a better future.