Friday, May 9, 2008
Book It, Bookworms
We're a third of the way through the month and, with it, the Be a Bookworm Challenge. I just finished my first book, Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in a Sustainable Lifestyle, and am breaking into the next on my list, Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility. I love the optimistic tone of both of these books. They signal a change in how we approach "saving the planet" - a demise of calls for sacrifice and a joyful immersion into a healthier, more honorable and honest way of being. David Wann wrote that "we are wasting our time if we expel hope from our everyday lives, because without it, we can’t win." (239). If we want to transition to a richer, more meaningful culture, unite the world in its battle against climate change, and unburden ourselves from the waste and inefficiency of our time, we cannot do it by clinging to dread and despair. Rather, we must be motivated by a vision for a better future . . . and believe that future to be attainable. These books are slowly transforming a frightened pessimist into a hope-wielding optimist because I do believe.
That's what I'm reading. What about you? Have you picked your book? Started reading it? Had any epiphanies, thoughts, disagreements with your book? If you haven't yet joined, it is not too late. Please leave a comment and I'll add you to my sidebar. If you haven't picked your book yet, check out the amazing and comprehensive sidebar list of Greening Our Beans. If you have picked your book and it is not on that list, please leave a comment so that I can add.
I hope your weekend is booked . . . with a good book.