The Blessed Unrest, How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw it Coming

Feb 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 19-3: Beyond Our Names: Uncovering Identity, Book/Media Reviews

BLESSED UNREST COVERby Paul Hawken
Viking Press (2007)

Review by Larry W. Emerson

Read this book for insights into what sustainable environmental author Paul Hawken calls “the largest social movement in human history” – [the environmental and social justice movement.] While this movement is readily understood at the local level, what about its relationship to systemic global problems ushered in this century? If we were to understand these relationships, what potential would this carry for us to transform human society?

According to Hawken, this decentralized movement functions without a central leader, ideology, and organization. So, what does this have to do with the eco-environment we all share? Is there a distinction between political and economic ideology and the environment at the cellular level? We may claim racial, national, gender, and other differences, but then we breathe the same air and drink the same water.

Hawken inquires into organizing principles regarding this global phenomena partly by examining biologist Janine Benyu’s summation: “Life creates the conditions that are conducive to life.”

This book would be a worthy edition to any college library collection.

Larry W. Emerson (Diné Nation), Ph.D., is an artist, educator, researcher, activist, and writer who works for cultural restoration for healthy Indian nations.

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