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A Language Older Than Words by Derrick Jensen
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Apr 06, 2008

it was amazing

Rarely do I read a book that not only hits so many political punches right in the gut, but also brings it all back home on a personal and spiritual level without coming off as cheesy. This is such a book. Skimming through the criticism of this book, it is understandable that many are turned off by Jensen's sweeping critiques of civilization, and are quick to point out the hypocrisy of him living in a big house, owning his own land, and driving a truck. All fair and good, even though he admits that he is not perfect and he is doomed to being inseparable from the culture he was born and raised in, and we all struggle to live by our morals and ideals, however they may be set. What is a greater concern for me reading his book is his positive simplification of indigenous cultures, which runs the risk of being the flip side of earlier negative blanketing of said cultures by white people in the past. I wish he went more into detail or gave better footnotes to these "better" cultures he uses to compare to ours, only to prove his honesty and so I can do my own research on them. But, he is not writing a history book, and what he doe write is beautiful and thought-provoking regardless. I have found that it is less of a book of specific answers to the environmental and social ills of our society, but one of answers of what is at the root of our destructive tendencies, and how to undo this destruction at the base of our everyday lives. It involves building on relationships with everyone, everything, which often times gets ignored or contradicted in many anarchist-associated writings.

I have been recommending and will continue to recommend this book to many.
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Nicole Jarred Wow... now I have to read this book. Well done!

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