EbalDesign Cia Cia itibaren Ahmadabad, Qom, İran
Gerçekten çok sevdiğim ilk Sert Haşlanmış yazarlardan biri. Başa dönüp tekrar okumaya başlayacağımı düşündüm.
Bitiş, beklediğimden farklıydı, özellikle filmi ilk gördüğümden beri. Harika bir kitaptı, çok dokunaklıydı.
Bu diziyi okumaktan gerçekten zevk alıyorum. Onlar küçük bilgelik ve zekâ parçacıkları ile dolu. Yavaş tempo ve ambiyansı seviyorum. Umarım daha çok yazar. Bu dizi hakkındaki güzel şeylerden biri ... Başka bir tane okumak her zaman iyidir, ama bir tane bitirdikten sonra her zaman içerik hissediyorum. Sanırım daha fazla olmayacak olsa bile, iyi olacağım. Bu sadece iyi bir edebiyat hissediyorum.
4,5 stars Bu kitap hakkındaki blog yazım bu linkte.
Since I graduated college and started in the workforce, I've always felt that there has to be, to quote Roxy Music, "more than this". A career and money hasn't made me fully happy; it's never made my problems disappear. Apparently I'm not alone in this. People - women, men, single people and families - are stepping away from the corporate and money/consumption-obsessed merry-go-round, and realigning their priorities. This is a thought-provoking and well-researched read. Part one of the book discusses the historical and social aspects, from the industrial revolution to feminism to individualism. Part two discusses real life examples of families, including the author's, meeting their basic needs (food, healthcare, education, etc) and living a pleasurable life with only one income or with an income of $30,000 or less (considerably less than the American average). Prior to the industrial revolution, men and women shared the household chores. It took a whole family to make things run. It was only after factories and industrialization that people en masse began to look outside their homes for their livelihood. By the 50s, men brought home the bacon and the women, "Little Suzy Homemaker", had become little more than consumers and chauffeurs for their families. The industrialists then sold us more stuff they promised would make our lives easier. Admittedly, some of those have made our lives easier; while others have not. Now in the 21st Century (how different from the way it is in Buck Rogers' 21st century!) we are corporate slaves (my words, not the books) and "homemaker" has come to have a bad connotation. American culture tells us "time is money" and if you're not producing something (or consuming) you are worthless. "We have come to believe that the viability of the corporate world is integral to our social and individual progress. Corporations provide jobs that pay us money to buy food, houses, cars, new clothes and radios and televisions and movies and vacations...and this has come to define how we define progress. ... We have confused "more money" with a "better life"." (p. 54) But do we really have a better life? Today the US has high rates of depression (some of the highest in the world, yet we have the highest standards of living). "In the 1950s the US was one of the healthiest countries in the world. Today, it ranks below every other industrial country, despite the fact that we have the highest expenditures on healthcare." (p. 144) According to data from the United Health Foundation our average life expectancy is 69 years (is it me or does this number seem like it's going down?!), on par w/ Portugal and Slovenia; while infant mortality rates are more than double those in Japan, Scandinavian countries, Singapore, Slovenia, Italy and the Czech Republic. (p. 144) The Commonwealth Fund ranked the US' health-care system last when compared to systems in Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Germany. (p.144) I don't recall where I read this but I also know that we have less free time than previous generations. That probably doesn't help our outlook or health any. And then there's our food. Because of our factory farms and modern food conveniences our food is less nutritious today than it was 50 years ago. Even if we were to eat only food grown from the ground, our soils are so nutrient depleted from decades of factory farming and over-watering that we couldn't get all the vitamins and essentials we need from them. Did you know that "75 percent of the worlds food comes from 12 plants and only 5 animal species"? This is what our industrial/corporate food system has wrought upon us. "In the last 100 years, 75 percent of plant genetic diversity has been lost and 30 percent of livestock breeds are at risk of extinction." (p.80) (*Want to know more about our industrial food system? Try these: The End of Food by Thomas Pawlick and Bottomfeeders: A Seafood Lovers Journey... by Taras Grescoe. These I have not yet but want to: Michael Pollan's books and Animal, Vegetable, Mineral by Barbara Kingsolver) "Research shows that the direct link between personal wealth and well-being is limited. Once the threshold has been crossed, the correlation between more money and greater well-being diminishes steeply, and income or gross domestic product is no longer an accurate measure of the welfare of a society." (p. 116) If our health is decreasing and our food is not nourishing and we work all the time, is our life really that much better? "Paychecks, health insurance, and the "right" schools serve as institutional benchmarks for success. But if we fixate solely on them, we run the danger of overlooking the real questions, such as whether we are enjoying our lives, whether we are healthy, and whether our children's emotional and intellectual needs are met. Distracted from the real issues, we become entirely dependent on entities outside ourselves, our families and our communities for determining our welfare." (p. 116) "...in the process our culture has nearly lost its production traditions. Without a supermarket, fast-food joint, gas station, prescription drugs, shopping malls and television, many Americans would be at a loss for how to meet their basic needs and live a pleasurable life. "If it is true that folk wisdom is our basic wealth, the chief insurance of a culture's worth," writes William Coperthwaite, "then we are nearly bankrupt." (p. 208) Homemaking is not opposed to feminism and vice versa. You can be a feminist and a homemaker - it's all about choosing to live that way and not being forced to by a spouse or society or religious mores. Radical homemakers value ecological sustainability, social justice, family and community. "Their defining principles are: including everyone in the economic picture; capitalizing on available resources; minimizing waste; becoming net producers of goods rather than net consumers; bartering; spending money where it matters most; and understanding the concept of enough." (p. 203) I like how one of the radical homemakers said it..."My network of friends and family, and the food we help each other create and eat...that is my social security." (p. 203) Betty Friedan pointed out in the 1997 edition of "The Feminine Mystique" that the culture of greed distracts Americans from their growing sense of anxiety and insecurity. She warns that it's easier to absorb ourselves with rage between "women and men, black and white, young and old...than to openly confront the excessive power of corporate greed." "The Simplest and most sensible start for Radical Homemakers departing the extractive economy and building the life-serving economy were the elemental practices of thrift, frugality and debt avoidance." (p. 203) Cheers to family, household and community! Let's build up our mental and emotional banks. We can live pleasurable lives with less money. If this is a topic that interests you, I highly recommend this book. It's inspiring! This book is available at your library. They also have an online community: radicalhomemakers.com
A little bit fluffy in a "you can do anything you put your mind to" sort of way. But very motivating none the less.
It was very discriptive, and i loved it!!!