Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Better off (Eric Brende)


This is a very intriguing, interesting and challenging book. Eric was a high-flying MIT post-grad who was becoming more and more disillusioned with the way in which human society had shifted to serving machines, rather than being served by them. So immediately after his honeymoon, he and his wife take the plunge and join an Amish community to see if they can survive without 'labour-saving devices'. They don't just survive, they thrive. A remarkably optimistic fable for anyone who is concerned about Peak Oil, and what the lack of available energy will mean. Human society can flourish with much less energy - indeed it will have many, many untellable blessings - but the problems will come from those who try to hang on to what God is taking away. They will experience the wrath.

Highly, highly recommended.


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