Pass it On: Five Stories That Can Change the World

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Pass It on: Five Stories That Can Change the World by Joanna Macy

Please try again later. Great world experiences to expand our understanding of what it really means to suffer and what it really looks like to forgive and empathize. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Beautiful short stories from the amazing life of ecophilosopher Joanna Macy. Simple and elegant, deep and insightful, her words hold many years of wisdom and yet a lightness that is almost magic.

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Thought it would be fun to write my name and location so folks can see how far good ideas travel. Joanna Macy is such a wise woman and so amazing! Oceanographer Sylvia Earle is equally inspiring for me. See all 16 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. The historian of mathematics Carl Boyer, writing in the s, estimated that, since its first printing in , more than a thousand editions had been published: Not everyone was a fan. If you were to dip into it now, you may not find it an easy read.

And there has been barely a leak in 2, years. Euclid is the only great mathematician not credited with the discovery of an important theorem. His reputation is not based on what he did, but on how he did it in Elements. The long series of prefaces and the extended and rather arid first chapter on the history of dream interpretation put off many readers.

Freud distinguished between a wish and a desire. A dream can be organised around a wish — say, to pass an exam — and unconscious desire will act like a hitchhiker, using the wish to smuggle itself into the dream. We might pass or fail the exam, but the clues to desire lie in the details of the room we are in, the tie the examiner is wearing, the sounds in the background.

These seemingly unimportant elements allow us to track unconscious material.

Freud shows the central place of sexuality and violence in our mental lives. Writers and poets have always been alert to the troubling and darker sides of the psyche, but it was the dream book that showed so carefully how exactly these currents are forged and encrypted, how they undergo distortion and censorship and how they are formed and shaped by language. The danger of the book was quickly apparent to Freud. Just as a femme fatale can lead you astray, so the book could set readers on a fruitless quest for hidden symbolism. All his later work on dreams was an effort to correct this.

The search for hidden meaning is ultimately unhelpful, and, as he wrote in , there is a navel to the dream, a point that cannot be interpreted and where meaning fails. The dream book opened up both of these worlds to future generations: It helped to transform what had been an essentially conservative, utilitarian conservation movement into the first stirrings of an ecologically centred green movement in the west.

It is wrong when it tends otherwise. Humans, said Leopold, whatever they might like to think, were not above nature: They could either understand that and act accordingly, or they could continue to destroy, and probably perish themselves. Back in , even conservationists saw their task as opening up wilderness areas for hunters.

Leopold himself had been part of this work as a young man. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view. Nature was the green fire in the eyes of the wolf, the skeins of geese across the sand county lakes, the flowering of the Arizona juniper or the bark of the young white pine. You had to step outside to see it, and you had to remain humble. It is a lesson we still have to learn. And, in a different guise, the same spectre has haunted Europe at moments of crisis ever since Marx and Engels wrote it.

It is not the spectre merely of working-class revolt: The threat was political: Marx and Engels had inherited the objective from the atheist left intelligentsia of the s, but, after Engels arrived in Manchester in , they came to understand the industrial proletariat as the only social force capable of achieving it. But the Manifesto is not about the proletariat.

Its whole first section is a eulogy to capitalism, which has played a revolutionary role by replacing all partial and informal attempts at a market economy with a pure one. Not only that, it is a eulogy to the bourgeoisie. If you only ever read one paragraph of the work itself, it should be this:.

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All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind. The business class of the early industrial era, then, had brought about not only the conditions for constant technological improvement, but the demise of religious obscurantism and the emergence of sociological realism. From now on Marx and Engels thought — observing the acute social war raging in cities such as Lille and Manchester — the only problem would be to equip the proletariat with the political maturity to wield power.

The Manifesto was published a few weeks before the revolution in France, and shipped via Paris to Germany, where a full-scale revolutionary war promptly broke out. Here the minuscule communist sects, composed of skilled workers and radical students, found themselves having to side with radical democrats against, first, the toppled monarchy and then the bourgeoisie, which, on first sight of armed workers, became distinctly un-revolutionary. From then on, all revolutions became a dirty business for communists, involving the complex interplay of radical social objectives and radical democratic ones, around which the alliance of class forces was often unstable.

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But the manifesto has shone through, in large part because its prose shines with unsullied logical clarity. Capitalism produces its own gravediggers and gives them the means to free themselves, and humanity, from economic necessity. As an idea it was powerful enough to sustain generations of people through the experience of exile, torture, imprisonment and concentration camps. The women in the house knew it and so did the children. I felt instinctively that Toni Morrison had broken open a hell as no one — not even great writers such as Richard Wright, James Baldwin and Alice Walker — had done before.

She achieved with Beloved what her four previous books had only hinted at: To read it is to live in the haunted Ohio house of Sethe, the escaped slave who had decided to kill her child rather than let her go back into slavery.

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But there was another reason it scared me, too: I finally read the book because I was writing a memoir and I wanted to understand how my mother and my grandmother saw the world. Sure enough, I found that the novel articulates the deep rage that many black women feel: Beloved makes the ghost of the little dead child a cri de coeur for all lost children.

It has left the realm of fiction and become a force of nature. Were it not for the Folio , several others would only be known in mangled, partial texts. As the title of the First Folio indicates, Shakespeare excelled in every kind of drama: Actually the title of the Folio is misleading. Each of the plays is multiple, not singular in kind. There is comedy in the tragedies, tragedy in the comedies, and history everywhere. All human life is there: Not to mention ghosts, fairies, ethereal spirits and Olympian divinities.

And then there are the words: No book has ever done more with the resources of human language. Almost every great thinker and many a great doer in the last years has had a collection of Shakespeare to hand and has in some way been shaped by it. Marx learned as much about the power of money from Timon of Athens as from the world around him.