In the Absence of the Sacred has ratings and 42 reviews. Without guilt trips or a lot of generalizations, author Jerry Mander highlights how so many tribes. In his bestseller, Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television, Jerry Mander argued that television is, by its very nature, a harmful technology. Editor’s note: I can’t recommend enough Jerry Mander’s book, In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of. Technology and the Survival of the Indian .

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Very informative, but hard not to feel hopeless and depressed while reading it.

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It’s a criticism of the culture we’ve created. And that maybe the way of life that’s winning, through un, isn’t the better way. He reminds me of the Franciscan priests who used to intercede on behalf of the Indian during the s when they asked the crown or the church to be more merciful. There are estimates that billions of dollars have been stolen from the Indian because of shady bookkeeping practices by the government and the corporations. Some twenty years ago the legendary environmentalist David Brower urged me to read this book.

I greatly appreciated the ride. In his Four Arguments he wrote:.

In the Absence of the Sacred: The Failure of Technology & the Survival of the Indian Nations

I wish these two critiques were more seamlessly integrated, and that the transition between the two parts of the book was smoother and better rationalized. A book that has influenced me greatly! Technology, I suggest, is only instrumental in a positivist, mechanistic, materialist paradigm that desiccates the human spirit. Contrary to our blind jerryy in machines to solve human problems, the future is not high tech.

Reading this section, you come to realize that these attacks on native populations are not sporadic.

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Mander speaks for peace, justice, nature, love, health, the long-term survival of humanity, and a critical deliberation of values, all of which have been silenced in the name of profit and technological progress. Toffler recommended something similar in “Future Shock. To critics who accuse him of romanticism, Mander counters: Fenelon has interviewed people on the reservation and here are seven examples of the rather diverse forms of tribal and national identity: They will only respond to political action, the more militant the better.


I think it would be an outstanding achievement for humanity to be born from the earth and to move into the stars and to explore the vast unknown abyss. New York, New York: If an Indian lives in a city or makes a living as a miner on the reservation, Mander ignores him. Return to Book Page. He saw a clash of values, where one way of life was being systematically destroyed in favor of another. Ever since the colonists came to America, Indians have adopted defense strategies that in essence contradict the sort of highly localized, traditional identity that Mander privileges.

It was by being in advertising and realizing what advertising does in the system.

As part of this, I will examine Russell Means’ role in the contra war. In the s, they discovered oil on Dene land and pretty soon all the usual culprits descended upon them: I did not get the impression that Mander wanted us all to return to loin cloths and some mythological pre-industrial Eden.

Fenelon has interviewed people on the reservation and here are seven examples of the rather diverse forms of tribal and national identity:.

Visit our Help Pages. Jul 05, Sven rated it really liked it Shelves: That is something the Indian can only do for himself. For example, Mander wholly rejects space as a noble destination for humanity. This is “dangerous nonsense” and Mander agrees with them.

The truths are here. It’s brutality on a grand scale, mechanized savagery, a side of life you’ll never see on corporate TV.

The side that you don’t want to see and that, once seen, can’t be unseen. The preceding chapters seem to me like two distinct, unfinished books: Furthermore, do we have a litmus test that says only people who speak the language and subsist off the land are worth defending? Be the first to ask a question about In the Absence of the Sacred. I’ve been trying to avoid books that are over 10 years old since things are changing so fast but this one is still better than most of the absencd stuff I’ve read.


Powerful, eye-opening perspectives on the role of technology in modern society and the decimation of native peoples.

Then I started skimming, and there is a bunch of stuff about native American history, in my mind presented in a very haphazard fashion. Instead of dealing with the consequences after that fact; try to anticipate the consequence before hand and weigh the benefits kf a particular development or technology against its true costs. I’d like to see us transcend our total vulnerability to the earth’s capriciousness. It is also easy to understand why big business and the corporate state are so eager to get the Indian off the land and open it up for commercial exploitation.

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Many of the organizations he lists are extant, such as Cultural Survival https: When given a choice of living a life of freedom close to the abundance of nature or becoming wage-slaves or farmers, they inevitably chose the former. I wish he’d write a follow-up. If it can not persuade the Indian to adopt the white world’s ways, it will use chicanery or violence to move the Indian off their ancestral lands.

But this time I could only get 50 pages into it. Mander earned a B.