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Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Using the metaphor of metamorphosis, Carbon Dharma calls for our occupation of the Earth as Butterflies, to undo the damage done by the human species in its present Caterpillar stage of existence. It diagnoses the reasons for our Caterpillar stage of existence as the misinterpretation of the fundamental principles that underlie our democracy and our industrial civilization ...more
Paperback, 226 pages
Published October 31st 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Keith Akers
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
This another, and most welcome, contribution to the still-sparse literature on veganism and the environmental crisis. It is notable for its central image (implied by the subtitle) of destructive caterpillars and benevolent butterflies, for its clear advocacy of veganism, his use of Hindu ideas and verbal imagery (the author is a Hindu), and for several very interesting anecdotes. The book could have benefited from a strong editor; it rambles a bit and there are some lengthy quotations which are ...more
Dan Hahn
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a book about the environmental impact of animal agriculture. I liked the metaphors to Hinduism for explaining the metamorphosis needed to save the planet.
Especially poignant and practical, the narrative is from the perspective of an engineer.

Like the other reviewer states, there are some editorial issues with block quotes.

I'd like to see an updated release of this book on a wider scale, but I think western audiences generally won't respond, for the author draws heavily on Hindu texts a
Georgia Roybal
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book uses the metaphor of caterpillar and butterfly to assess our current situation in re the environment. The author compares our current consumerism to the caterpillar which eats everything in sight as it grows. The butterfly then pollinates the plants while partaking of a plant's nectar. The caterpillar is a killer; the butterfly gives life. The author maintains that we need to become butterflies; to him the caterpillar mode is unsustainable.

One of the ways the author advocates to have a
Bob Stocker
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I think I'd like Sailesh Rao. He's obviously intelligent, well-read and deeply concerned about the future of our planet. In Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies Rao voices his concern that we humans are acting like caterpillars which eat everything in sight instead of like butterflies which sip nectar and help to regenerate life by pollinating flowers. I agree and appreciate Rao's warnings about the disastrous course we're on and his efforts to make this a better world.

However, from my
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