By Chris Wright
Civilizations fail after they turn into trapped in a manner of the area that now not works. for plenty of, globalization is pushing us to the sting of catastrophe - an onward march of blinkered imaginative and prescient, encouraging passivity, ethical blindness and a tradition of dependency. A neighborhood Manifesto is an elegantly written polemic providing a brand new manner of our social, cultural and monetary realities. Tackling the the most important dimensions of private accountability, consensus and group, it indicates how we will discover a new language in which we will be able to reinvigorate our person and social lives, constructing the resourcefulness we'd like yet which proves so tricky to domesticate. The imaginative and prescient it provides is persuasive and extremely well timed - in simple terms by way of development neighborhood can human society evolve and development.
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37 A COMMUNITY MANIFESTO The natural response in these circumstances is passivity (interspersedwithoutbreaks of mindless violence), a turning of one’s back on a world in which one has no personal interest or stake. It is no accidentstructural that the framework of society is at the macro, institutional level of governments and corporations. ’ We have become atoms in an environment that seems to care littlewhether we live ordie. And we, in our turn, are more than ready to pass by on the other side when confronted with need or distress.
It is like reading a novel by Jane Austen and believing that we have entered into late 18th-centurypolite society. What wehave done is toenter our perception of late 18thcentury polite society basedon the way we interpret Jane Austen’s words in our own day. Expertson a period may be able todetermine the facts about an era - for example, that the carpenters of ancient Egyptused the dovetail joint - but they can never know how far their understanding of, and response to, those factsare conditioned bythe practices and priorities of their own age.
The discussion thus far suggests that reality is unknowable in the sense that any one of us can encounter,absorb and explain it fully. We experience realitythrough our senses, mediated by whatever happens within our brain - which is why what our senses 'tell' us can be wrong, becausewhatever happens is determined, in large measure, bythe landscape 48 WAYS OF T H E WORLD l of the language we inherit and the assumptions it implies about the way things are. Meaning is created when we put our experience ’into words’ (or other symbols, whichwould include music and art).
A Community Manifesto (Earthscan Paperback) by Chris Wright