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John Zerzan's Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections PDF

By John Zerzan

ISBN-10: 0922915989

ISBN-13: 9780922915989


“Read it and you may by no means reflect on civilization within the similar approach again.”—Kirkpatrick Sale

This anthology approximately "the pathology of civilization" bargains perception into how growth and expertise have resulted in vacancy and alienation.

"A provocative anthologypresenting the likes of Freud, Friedrich Schiller, William Morris, and the Unabomber, in addition to shiny modern thinkersthat increases the query of no matter if our elaborately based, technology-driven society creates extra difficulties than it alleviates." -- Jay Walljasper; Utne Reader, March/April 1999

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Others, in modern life, have studied the savages with the specific object of determining their physical state of health, and the mode of living which is associated therewith. The results of such work have been very significant, but regarding medicine and nutrition in actual practice, they have been almost entirely neglected. The common view that primitive man is generally short lived and subject to many diseases is often held by physician as well as layman, and the general lack of sanitation, modern treatment, surgery and drugs in the primitive world is thought to prevent maintenance of health at a high physical level.

The African hunter Cumming tells us that the skin of the eland, as well as that of most other antelopes just killed, emits the most delicious perfume of trees and grass. I would have every man so much like a wild antelope, so much a part and parcel of nature, that his very person should thus sweetly advertise our senses of his presence, and remind us of those parts of nature which he most haunts. I feel no disposition to be satirical, when the trapper’s coat emits the odor of musquash even; it is a sweeter scent to me than that which commonly exhales from the merchant’s or the scholar’s garments.

This sentiment must be the Eulogy of your first ancestors, the criticism of your contemporaries, and the dread of those who will have the unhappiness to live after you.... Stripping this Being, so constituted, of all the supernatural gifts he could have received and of all the artificial faculties he could only have acquired by long progress—considering him, in a word, as he must have come from the hands of Nature—I see an animal less strong than some, less agile than others, but all things considered, the most advantageously organized of all.

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