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Planet Earth Demands: Energy, Economics, Employment, and Our Inner and Outer Environments Paperback – April 6, 2014
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Bryn Beorse (Shamcher) (1896-1980) was the author of many non-fiction books, novels and articles, covering topics of energy, economics, full employment, and global awareness as well as yoga and Sufism. Born in Norway, he worked and travelled in over 65 countries in his lifetime, and he eventually settled in the United States. Fluent in several languages, his comprehensive worldview included the inner meditative life as well as the accomplishment of life in the world. Sent on a UN economic mission to Tunisia in the 1960’s, helping to rebuild the Norwegian economy after WWII, Beorse also spent time in exploration, travelling to the Kumbha Mela in India, living as a beach bum in the dunes of Oceano, and going to China at the time of the revolution. A spy in WWII, he was part of the plot to kidnap Hitler. An advocate of the giro-credit economic system, he spoke out against the stagnation of hierarchical organization. An accomplished yogi and Sufi, Shamcher was instrumental in developing Sufi centres throughout the world, in the tradition of Inayat Khan. He devoted the last years of his life once again to promoting OTEC, Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, the source of benign solar power from the sea.
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"Planet Earth Demands", written forty years ago, reveals the mind of a true visionary. I felt a bit of sadness when reading these many workable suggestions for relieving "pollution" and creating clean energy. If only we had listened, perhaps the problems we face environmentally and financially would not be so severe.
Remember that this book was written on a typewriter. The style is not literary, but rather of blogger. Of course there was no such thing at the time. Many of the quotes and statistics he offers had to be looked up in magazines and libraries by willing helpers. Just imagine what he could have done with the internet!
Mr. Beorse had a full and holistic grasp - through experience - of economics, politics, engineering, "ecology", and human nature and was ahead of his time with meditation and mindfulness. He was able to blend his eighty years of experience into achievable answers to Earth's big problems.
The good news is that Shamcher Bryn Beorse has left us this last book, and several others written previously, with far-sighted, holistic approaches and solutions. Some have already come to pass. Other ideas and remedies still wait for the torch to be lifted. Here is a guarantee: At least one of the 150 pages will turn your light bulb on.