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Monoculture: How One Story Is Changing Everything Paperback – May 31, 2011
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"5 stars: The cause and effect of our world is more surprising than you'd think. With intriguing notions about the driving ideas of stories in every shape of our life, "Monoculture" is an incredibly fascinating way about how the mind works and today's consumer culture." - Midwest Book Review
"A smart and realistic guide to first recognizing the monoculture and the challenges of transcending its limitations." - BrainPickings
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As human beings, we've always told stories: stories about who we are, where we come from, and where we're going. Now imagine that one of those stories is taking over the others, narrowing our diversity and creating a monoculture. Because of the rise of the economic story, six areas of your world - your work, your relationships with others and the environment, your community, your physical and spiritual health, your education, and your creativity - are changing, or have already changed, in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. And because how you think shapes how you act, the monoculture isn't just changing your mind - it's changing your life.
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Concise and erudite, Monoculture sets out the framework of the world in which we live. And that's the thing about a framework, we often don't see it. It's there under the cladding and so we never think about it, we just see and think about the cladding. It takes a book like this to help us strip away the cladding and see the world for what it really is.
We live in an economic age, and although the term neo-liberal is never used, it is neo liberal thinking that dominates and defines us. If we agree with the dogma we are on the inside and we speak the language of the world. If we don't - well, we are considered strange, unbelievers, weird, radical and dangerous. Religious parallels are striking. Believe in the wrong religion? expect to be treated in the same way.
Almost every aspect of our lives is dominated by the economic theory that underpins the world. We live in a world of markets and cost benefit. We are much the poorer for it. This book shows us why.
There are many messages to take from the book. I take one simple one and try daily to think about it and use it. We are not consumers we are citizens. Think about that.
I consider myself a well read person, after all I have my own small private library of over 1000 books that I have read in relation to human behaviour, quantum physics and other perception challenging topics. This book made me rethink my perception of why the world is in its current state and how we got here. Since I read the book a few days ago I have been observing people's behaviour and my own from a different perspective and have realize that in the general sense the author is right. It is good to know the `whys' and `hows' of a situation as it gives us the chance to make better informed decisions, I might not have changed my behaviour just yet (that will spontaneously happen, I hope, as I change my thinking overtime my behaviour will eventually follow) but I am certainly feeling more self-empowered just by understanding it better.