Beyond Civilization makes practical sense of the vision of Daniel Quinn's best-selling novel Ishmael. Examining ancient civilisations 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.
He us the radical yet fundamental questions about humanity such as ... "Why does civilisation grow food, lock it up, and then make people earn money to buy it back?"; or ... Why not progress beyond civilisation: abandon the hierarchical lifestyles that cause many of our social problems?"
He challenges the "old mind" thinking that believes problems should be fixed with social programmes.
"Old minds think: How do we stop these bad things from happening?"
"New minds think: How do we make things the way we want them to be?"
Whether he is discussing Amish farming, homelessness, "tribal business," or holy work, Quinn's manifesto is highly digestible. Instead of writing dense, weighty chapters filled with self-important prose, he's assembled a series of brief one-page essays. His language is down to earth, his metaphors easy to grasp. As a result, readers can read about and ponder Beyond Civilization at a blissfully civilized pace. --Gail Hudson