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Truths Among Us by Derrick Jensen
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Truths Among Us is more than "just" a collection of interviews. What's great is the choice of interviewees. As I was reading I wondered why I hadn't heard of these people before! The interviews bring up social problems, their likely causes and possible solutions. The end result is a great diagnosis of societal ills and prescriptions to make it better.

Examples:

Luis Rodriguez, reformed gang-banger, describes how he became a gang banger and how he transformed. His view of the landscape that gives birth to the gang-banger culture. On addiction:
"The belief that things can't change is central to the logic of addiction...your brain has to change its viewpoint, change its vision, and stop holding on to that pleasure. Only then can you say, "I'm never going to do drugs or alcohol again."

Jane Caputi explains how the eroticism of violence is a direct reflection of the dominant culture's projections. Sex is a form of connection/prayer/communion, but pornography eroticizes inequality and highlights disconnection.
Obsession with a constant 24 hour news cycle that doesn't provide real news is another example of this kind of addictive, superficial connection. Mainstream news has become an empty ritual that dominates our lives and empties it of deeper meaning.

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