In the Absence of the Sacred has ratings and 42 reviews. Without guilt trips or a lot of generalizations, author Jerry Mander highlights how so many tribes. In his bestseller, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, Jerry Mander argued that television is, by its very nature, a harmful technology. Editor’s note: I can’t recommend enough Jerry Mander’s book, In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of. Technology and the Survival of the Indian .
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Jerry Mander is a nationally known social commentator, critic, and author of the best-selling Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, as well as co-editor of The Case Against the Global Economy.
He lives and works in San Francisco.
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In his critically acclaimed Four Arguments for the Absencs of Television, social critic Jerry Mander proclaimed that television, by its fundamental nature, is dangerous – to personal health and sanity, to the environment, and to the democratic process. Now, with In the Absence of the Sacred, Mander goes beyond television to critique our technological society as a whole.
In this provocative work, he challenges the utopian promise sacrred technological society and tracks its devastating impact on native cultures worldwide. The Western world’s loss of a sense of the sacred in the natural world, he says, has led us toward global environmental disaster and social disorder, and worse lies ahead; yet models for restoring our relationship with the Dacred exist in the cultures ths native peoples, whose values have enabled them to survive centuries of invasion and exploitation.
Manfer from creating Paradise on Earth, technology has instead produced an unsustainable contest for resources. Mander surveys the major technologies shaping the “new world order” – computers, telecommunications, space exploration, genetic engineering, robotics, and the corporation itself – and warns that they are merging into a global megatechnology, with dire majder and political results. Read more Read less. Cashback will be credited as Amazon Pay balance within 10 days.
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Fatal Flaws of an Obsolete System. Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing. About the Author Jerry Mander is a nationally known social commentator, critic, and author of the best-selling Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, as well as co-editor of The Case Against the Global Economy. To get the free app, enter mobile phone number. See all free Kindle reading apps. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle?
Be the first to review this item Amazon Bestsellers Rank: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a product review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Mander’s fierce intellect cuts through our worship of technology and belief and goes to the bone of what sustains us. Mander makes it clear that technology will not only NOT save the world but is in fact destroying the world. Mander lays bare the bones of the cartesian paradigm mechanistic thinking in a world on the fast track to mindless over consumption and disrespect for the very things that make life possible.
I love the comment from his publisher at the beginning of the book “Indians, smindians…” like who gives a damn anymore about Indians.
Mander’s fulgent analysis sheds light on the power of indigenous knowledge and wisdom and the profound connection to the land — a connection that cannot be broken but only to our peril.
Mander goes out on a limb here considering the modern world is Like Icarus, hurtling mindlessly toward the sun We have lost our sacred connection to the land and god help us if we can, at this late stage get it back. Thank YOU Mander for a tome that tells it like it is. It takes courage to read books like this, books that crash through our common assumptions about the world and allow us to see society from a critical perspective. It takes courage because sometimes these books reveal the ugly side of the world.
The side that you don’t want to see and that, once seen, can’t be unseen. At 25 years old, “In the Absence of the Sacred” is more relevant than ever. Mander speaks for peace, justice, nature, love, health, the long-term survival of humanity, and a critical deliberation of values, all of which have been silenced in the name of profit and technological progress.
Ultimately he realized that these two issues were connected. He saw a clash of values, where one way of life was being systematically destroyed in favor of another.
And that maybe the way of life that’s winning, through force, isn’t the better way. I wish these two critiques were more seamlessly integrated, and that the transition between the two parts of the book was smoother and better rationalized. But while this would have improved the reading experience, the value of the criticism is the same. Toffler recommended something similar in “Future Shock. Can it be done? Can we ever put the genie back in the bottle?
Will humans ever be mature enough to have power but not use it, or to carefully control how we use it? Certainly not in a society of late-stage capitalism where regulation is out the window and profit-driven corporations run the show.
In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology & the Survival of the Indian Nations
I don’t think this is fair. Just because they aren’t being used responsibly now, like television, doesn’t mean they couldn’t ever be. For example, Mander wholly rejects space as a mahder destination for humanity. I sacreed it would be an abseence achievement for humanity to be born from the earth and to move into the stars and to explore the vast unknown abyss. Mander bundles space with everything that’s bad in the technological narrative, and I don’t think this has to be the case.
I think we could jerty in a sustainable, just society, and explore space, too. Earth is our home, but it won’t be around forever. There are many natural existential risks all around us—super volcanos, asteroids, climate change this happens naturally, toopandemics–I’d like to see humanity grow up and take control of our own destiny.
I’d like to see us transcend our total vulnerability to the earth’s capriciousness. Just abzence civilization deserves a hefty helping of criticism, it’s important not to swing too far to the other side of the pendulum and idealize nature as a loving mother. Nature doesn’t love us and it will wipe us out if we overstay our welcome. It devolves into journalistic reporting of Mander’s personal adventures with native peoples and plods on with a slow, dry historical recapitulation of how the natives lost their world.
Most of us have heard this story before.
We know how awful it was and another long, boring account of the atrocities isn’t necessarily helpful. Industrial civilization is a bona fide monster. It doesn’t care about the earth or the indigenous populations of the world. It steals and murders and wrecks the land, and it leaves entire nations leveled, violated, poor, and powerless.
Mander gets the reader up to speed on the atrocities of economic globalization. Reading this section, you come to realize that these attacks on native populations are not sporadic.
They are a coordinated effort on the part of the western market economy to take by force mandeer, nature, and the lifeblood of the native people, moving them around like cattle, leaving them to die after laying waste to their societies, or just slaughtering them en masse. It’s brutality on a grand scale, mechanized savagery, a side of life you’ll never see on corporate TV. The monster of globalization devours everything in its path.
Or is it something more sinister? An ideology of savagery. A brutal disregard for human life and the living systems of the planet. A ravenous ego that serves only itself. Technology, I suggest, is only instrumental in a positivist, mechanistic, materialist paradigm that desiccates the human spirit. The title of the book is “Absence sacree the Sacred,” yet ironically Mander never gets around to defining the sacred and describing why it’s valuable.
He never discusses Weber’s idea of disenchantment, for example, which one would expect to be featured here. In sum, this is a provocative book that pulls back the curtain on a great deal of injustice, inhumanity, and thoughtless action in the name of progress. If there were 5 books to recommend everyone in the USA to read, “In the Absence of the Sacred” would easily be one of them.
Some twenty years ago the legendary environmentalist David Brower urged me to read this book. I’ll never mandee the look in his eyes when he told me about it. If you wish to understand “the problem” and “the anger” and “the confusion” that so many people in our country feel but cannot describe or tap the cause of, this book starts you on the way to finally understanding that nagging pain that is in the pysche of, I would argue, the vast majority of Americans and Westerners today.
The absence of the sacred. Thw is up to everyone else to decide if we will, finally and profoundly, listen and try to understand the depth of what they have been and are saying about the ways in which to live right, before our ambitious yet arrogant attempt to create “the last best hope of man” falls utterly.
Contrary to our blind faith in machines to solve human problems, the future is not high tech. It will be utterly low tech, it will be “tribal”, “native.
We no longer have the luxury of saying, “we didn’t know.
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