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How Soon is Now: From Personal Initiation to Global Transformation Hardcover – February 21, 2017
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'It speaks to something I often say our culture sorely lacks: Rites of passage.' - Neil Strauss
‘How Soon is Now? gives us the context we need to understand the chaos and turbulence of our times.’ – Sting
'A blueprint for the future' - Russell Brand
'Daniel Pinchbeck's HOW SOON IS NOW? is a powerful exploration of our need for a massive upgrade of collective consciousness if we are to address the inconsistencies and pathologies that afflict the modern world. While we have seen massive progress, we have also seen moral failures... and our unwillingness to question preexisting dogma might cost us dearly. Daniel's book offers a startling call to action!' - Jason Silva, artist, filmmaker and futurist
‘Here we are, humanity, caught in the moment between devolution and conscious evolution by choice, not chance. Daniel Pinchbeck's new book takes us to this exact inflection point and reveals in remarkable clarity and brilliance, We Do Know What To Do, in almost every field from spiritual to social to environmental innovations arising everywhere.’ – Barbara Marx Hubbard, author, Conscious Evolution
‘Daniel Pinchbeck has emerged as a rational and clear voice of hope for a new post-capitalist future, offering alternatives to hack democracy for a better society.’ – Jefferson Hack, CEO and Founder, Dazed & Confused
‘I recommend this book to anyone who is trying to make sense of climate change within a bigger picture that includes the evolution of civilization and consciousness.’ – Charles Eisenstein, author, Sacred Economics
‘How Soon Is Now offers a spiritually driven approach to global economic and ecological crisis… With dangerous and admirable honesty, Pinchbeck tests his deepest held assumptions and judges his life choices in a crucible of self-doubt. It's at once an initiation for himself, and an invitation for us to ask these same sorts of questions of ourselves as individuals and a society.’ – Doug Rushkoff, author, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus
'Provides deep insight into the essential issues of our time ... could spark the revolution of consciousness that is the revolution not just of thinking, but of acting.’ - Ervin Laszlo, Bestselling Author and Philosopher
'Daniel Pinchbeck’s life is the hero’s journey. Like Homer’s Odyssey, How Soon Is Now is a song of redemption for a world torn apart by the monsters of our own creation. We’ve dreamed a world that is consuming itself into extinction. Pinchbeck offers us a new dream and in doing so takes us on a powerful, magical voyage into balance and sanity.' - John Perkins, New York Times Bestselling Author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman
'With his new work Daniel Pinchbeck is proposing systemic solutions to the ecological crisis looming over us, requiring a drastic shift in lifestyle and new levels of global cooperation. Whether or not you agree with all of his conclusions, How Soon Is Now? will challenge most conventionally held assumptions about the global environment.' - Moby
About the Author
Daniel Pinchbeck is the author of Breaking Open the Head (Broadway Books, 2002),2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006), and Notes from the Edge Times(Tarcher/Penguin, 2010). He is the founder of the think tank, Center for Planetary Culture which produced the Regenerative Society Wiki and his essays and articles have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, ArtForum, The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, Dazed and Confused and many other publications. In 2007, Daniel launched the web magazine Reality Sandwich and co-founded Evolver.net. Evolver currently includes Evolver Learning Labs, a webinar platform, and The Evolver Network, our nonprofit initiative. Daniel also edited the publishing imprint, Evolver Editions with North Atlantic Books. He also featured in the 2010 documentary, 2012: Time for Change directed by Joao Amorim and produced by Mangusta Films.
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Author that reverts to explaining the sources of pollution of the modern world: increase in meat consumption worldwide, particularly in highly populated countries like China and India. There are many books on the market today that explain problems related to production of meat and how the meat industry significantly drains natural resources and contributes to pollution. Then, there is the whole issue of energy: production of oil, gas and other materials that create ozone layers issues. We have issues with fracking that is causing earth to change its structure that nowadays is leading to earthquakes in places like Oklahoma that has never had earthquakes before. And the list goes on and on.
His initial solution to many of these issues is the attempt to promote love. No this is a topic that I also have a problem with. Author is proponent of free love. I do not consider myself prude, but I must admit that sleeping around with unlimited number of partners in a world when new germs and viruses creep up constantly is not something I would promote no matter how consensual those relations are. There will always be people who will be proponents of such lifestyle, but I must say that even the most casual of sex can promote emotions that can be difficult to control at times. I just do not believe in free love with no consequences. Every sexual contact causes the mix of koshas (energy layers that ancient yoga texts explain in great detail). Every contact of the bodies offers the exchange of such energies that can be long lasting (yogis say it takes up to 7 years to have the smallest essence of those particles leave the body). I personally would not want anyone's emotional baggage and negative energy traces trapped in my body for such period of time. And with multitude of partners, things can only get worse.
There are ways to reverse some of the negative impacts on environments and they can be implemented right away. I am disappointed that author is not focusing on the power of the new generation - young children and teenagers whose minds are not polluted with greed, negative thought patterns, etc. These new generations need to be thought in schools on how to create compost (so we can get rid of harmful fertilizers), they should be encouraged to create community gardens that will teach new generations on how t create food, herbs and other produce in limited spaces that will promote people to be self sufficient with local food production. I wish cities and other places would be encouraged to plant more trees. Children should use work study of some sort ot paint their school rooftops white so that harmful sun rays can be reflected back into space. He completely overlooks the new generation of very young kids that can be thought in early age on how to be self sufficient. Why is it that we cannot promote vegan and vegetarian diet in schools in order to reduce meet consumption. Finally kids should learn meditation. At young age their brains are so open to new experiences and they could reach a new state of consciousness of learning how to keep their body healthy by exercising, their mind calm with breathing exercise, they can learn to eat healthy food and avoid eating junk all the time. He does not mention that at all.
Also at times I was frustrated with authors philosophical quotations. He reminded me of a person who never went to college but read everything that came his/her way without any structure. He is a self thought philosopher who hops from one thinker to another t the point of being incoherent. The advantage is that there are so many references to other authors and their works, bit the disadvantage is that he mixes those people's philosophy with their personal moral codes. Foe example, John Lennon may have been inspirational musician with a message that spread around the world, but he was a terrible father to his eldest child and first wife to the point of repulsion. Same goes for Steve Jobs who may have created Apple and iPhone but did not have a morsel of humanity towards anyone - even his own daughter, which is despicable in its own way.
Obviously, I have mixed feelings about this books. Author's intentions are good but in my opinion they are too incoherent. He statements "things have to change or we will die" will not work with people who do not have evolved brains. Most people just look for instantaneous gratification because they do not know any better. For them change is hard and we are all going to die - so why bother. Those types of individuals will never get author's point of view - which in a world we currently live in is about 50% of the population ( I am referring to US population only i f one takes into consideration the results of out latest presidential election).
And to requote the words I just saw from Rob Brezsny on Facebook ".....I'm also passionate about crafting a new world that will bypass the vortex of nonsense, that will render the institutionalized mayhem defunct. I value Buckminster Fuller's perspective: "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
Another favorite counsel comes from sociologist David Cooperrider: "Almost without exception, everything society has considered a social advance has been prefigured first in some utopian writing."
And that's why I like to commune with idealistic yet practical futurists who envision the best possible civilization we can create.
Today I'm happy to say that one of those rare Big Positive Thinkers is offering a new blessing. With his book "How Soon is Now: From Personal Initiation to Global Transformation," Daniel Pinchbeck has secured his place in my Hall of Fame of Positive and Practical Insurrectionaries.
The book is a manifesto. A call to zealous and compassionate action. A well-thought-out and visionary formulization of effective tactics. "
Mr. Pinchbeck’s thesis is that the environmental crisis will force a collective rite of “initiation” upon humanity. Capitalism has produced material wealth at the cost of the planet's finite resources. The author reasons that humanity can either repurpose its technologies in the name of shared prosperity, peace and justice; or continue down the path of selfish individualism to extinction. It’s a beautiful vision framed around a sobering reality.
Mr. Pinchbeck should not be underestimated. The author’s thinking on a diverse range of subjects including sociology, economy and politics is exceedingly well-informed. In fact, his well-known experimentation with hallucinogenic drugs seem to help him think more openly, creatively and holistically. Simply put, Mr. Pinchbeck is an exceptionally compassionate, intelligent and humane thinker whose message couldn’t be more timely.
I highly recommend this outstanding book to everyone.