CAN LIFE PREVAIL PENTTI LINKOLA PDF

Shelves: philosophy A collection of Linkola essays in English, this book provides a practical and poetic leap into the form of deep ecology known as ecofascism: to save nature, we must change how we live, starting with a recognition that "what we want" is never "what we need. Before I go on lauding the authors outright candor, I have to say, to lend certain honesty to my review, that I have expected a lot more than this after reading a short summary of the book on Wikipedia, which explains Linkola as someone who advocate eugenics, genocide and abortion as possible means to Can Life Prevail? These lines are something you would certainly avoid to say if you live in the world of liberals. While reading this collection of essays, I have alarmingly sensed the environmentally and politically conservative ideas of the author.

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Shelves: philosophy A collection of Linkola essays in English, this book provides a practical and poetic leap into the form of deep ecology known as ecofascism: to save nature, we must change how we live, starting with a recognition that "what we want" is never "what we need. Before I go on lauding the authors outright candor, I have to say, to lend certain honesty to my review, that I have expected a lot more than this after reading a short summary of the book on Wikipedia, which explains Linkola as someone who advocate eugenics, genocide and abortion as possible means to Can Life Prevail?

These lines are something you would certainly avoid to say if you live in the world of liberals. While reading this collection of essays, I have alarmingly sensed the environmentally and politically conservative ideas of the author. His love for nature is enormous — he made a living as a fisherman from a rowboat and sold his fish to local people from a horse-drawn cart, in his native land, Finland until he reached retirement age, he never uses any type of energy-consumed transportation he once toured around the Europe with his wife on bikes to watch birds and enjoy the nature , he avoids all kinds of devices and modern technology so on and so forth.

Also what the author really advocate is to go back to the pre-industrial life with less population and less material development. From the first chapter to the last, Linkola is able to point out the facts that I used to overlook when thinking about the environmental issues.

Through his experiences both as a fisherman and a person living in Finland, Linkola criticized on the modern-day hygiene phobia, human slavery to machines and modern lifestyle that is harmful to the environment. And that even if this path were not to lead to ecocatastrophe and extinction, it would still be a gloomy and dreadful one?

However, as I should have expected, most of the facts are based on his personal observations as a lover of nature and are just Finland-wise. Lack of proper research except his personal experiences to back up the major claims he made in his essays, such as distortion of the facts on deforestation by the Department of Forestry Research of Finland and WWF for the financial and industrial interests and the suggestion to stop investing medical technology, research and human labor in saving the lives of infants and mothers and instead, channel them towards the care for the elderly citizens who are wiser and more useful to the society.

Because of the aforementioned subjects, do not think the book is just bemoaning on the annihilation of the nature and eco-catastrophe by human race because there certainly are amusing ideas. Also that of frail men and tough women is not a myth, but an established fact of human life, hence, granting women as the protectors of Life. Most of us including the scientists and world leaders do not seem to be aware that the rampant hunger of global capitalism and industrialization has eaten up the natural resources to intolerable extent.

But we are either ignorant or reluctant to point out the main factors driving this. From the dawn of human progress as foragers to nowadays, we only develop towards one way —comfort.

All the technology and devices we have ever created help our work to be more efficient and effective while eroding the natural resources like oil and gas, the energy of the Sun kept within millions of years ago. In his essays, Linkola has called for the very minimal use of them and adoption towards more bucolic agriculture lifestyle.

Although he refers to himself as a deep ecologist, it is eco-fascism and radical environmental empiricism that drive his work and his life.

In fact, he is a great admirer of Nature and Life as the title partly suggests. The analogy of the boat with more people it can carry in the middle of the sea is convincing so much that I become an ardent supporter to decrease the seven billion human population as quick and effective as possible. I felt sad to read the conclusion of the book. I have fully agreed with the author that his utopia is the only sustainable model that can grant our species eternity of Life.

But I also know that the chance of his model becoming reality is next to zero in reality. As the book is more like his collection of thoughts, there are criticisms on veganism, animal rights, foreign policy of the United States and nihilism yes, I typed nihilism which will be a little off from the topic but worthy for your cerebration. But for this review, I will leave them out for the sake of space and time and have you think about them and make your own decision as to Can Life Prevail?

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Can Life Prevail? But if someone is able to explain in clear steps what you must do to face it, and how the other side is indeed brighter, it lessens the burden. With decreased resistance and doubt comes greater effectiveness, and you may emerge with more triumph than suspected possible. Since I was old enough to walk and perceive, it has been clear to me that something is very wrong with our world. Our adults are not focused on the task of living, but on the task of managing their self-image.

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