Category Archives: Good life

Ideas that add up #229

Perhaps the most profound account of personhood in this century is that given by Martin Buber (1923), in the small book originally translated into English as I and Thou (Buber, 1937). Here he makes a contrast between two ways of … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #226

There is one, and only one solution, and we have almost no time to try it. We must turn all our resources to repairing the natural world, and train all our young people to help. They want to; we need … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #222

When I was a child I watched my father make arrows. When I make one I always think: this is how my father brought us food. In the old days we hunted near our village. Now the government won’t let … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #220

… the other thing I would say is, that if you feel safe in the area that you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #205

A hunter-gathering society has, on its doorstep, the equivalent of its supermarket, hospital, place of worship, and entertainment centre, and none are shut at weekends. There are no admission fees, no bills, no tax, no mortgage, and no pensions. A … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #204

Critics of tribal peoples’ rights often assert that those who support them want the people to remain poor. But that is not what is at stake at all: it is rather a case of trying to prevent people being driven … Continue reading

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Ideas that add up #200

有钱但沽酒   莫买南山田   勾引催租人   惊散青松烟  When you have money, spend it on wine / Don’t go buying land on the Southern slopes / It just invites trouble from the tax collector / Spooking even the mist from the pines by Song … Continue reading

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