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Beyond Civilization: Humanity's Next Great Adventureby Daniel Quinn
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In Beyond Civilization, Daniel Quinn thinks the unthinkable. We all know there's no one right way to build a bicycle, no one right way to design an automobile, no one right way to make a pair of shoes, but we're convinced that there must be only one right way to live — and the one we have is it, no matter what.
Beyond Civilization makes practical sense of the vision of Daniel Quinn's best-selling novel Ishmael. Examining ancient civilizations such as the Maya and the Olmec, as well as modern-day microcosms of alternative living like circus societies, Quinn guides us on a quest for a new model for society, one that is forward-thinking and encourages diversity instead of suppressing it. Beyond Civilization is not about a "New World Order" but a "New Personal World Order" that would allow people to assert control over their own destiny and grant them the freedom to create their own way of life right now — not in some distant utopian future.
In the first work of nonfiction to build on the ideas behind his bestselling "Ishmael" books, Quinn argues that, if humanity is to survive, we must move beyond the exploitation of the planet, other species, and other human beings that is fundamental to our concept of civilization.
About the Author
DANIEL QUINN is the award-winning author of Ishmael, The Story of B, and My Ishmael. His Web site address is www.ishmael.org. He lives in Houston, Texas.
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