Saturday, November 3, 2007
Book of the Week
In The Absence of the Sacred by Jerry Mander (Sierra Club Books; 1991)
The natural world is really slow. Save for the waving of trees in the wind, or the occasional animal movement, things barely happen at all. To experience nature, to feel it's subtleties, requires human perceptual ability that is capable of slowness. It requires that human beings approach the experience with patience and calm.
I love this book, as well as Mander's other classic Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television. Although I have many Luddite tendencies, I still watch TV, love my Blackberry, and couldn't survive without my computer and the internet.
While this book focuses mostly on Television... the internet, instant messaging, and Blackberry technology didn't exist as we know it today when the book was written...Mander's arguments and warnings are even more pertinent in today's world.