The Good Life: Helen and Scott Nearings Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living by Helen NearingFlip the book over. The genre is written there on the top: Nature. Nature? This book is about nature? Are you kidding me?! See this is why I hate literary genres. Allow me to propose a few more: Philosophy; Environmentalism; Cultural Criticism; Agriculture; Health, Mind and Body; Building; Autobiography; Memoir; Home and Garden; History; Self-Improvement; Activism; American Dream; Food, Diet, and Cooking; Composting and Gardening; Simple Living; Radical Living; Aging, or Aging Well. Nature...psht! Oh, and I should also add Romance, because if you dont find the Nearings life to be extremely romantic, well, then those thousands of pounds of poison that youve been ingesting for years, provided by the market economy at your local food store, pre-packaged and full of toxins and colorings and dyes, must have eaten holes into your heart and brain, and those pills that youve been popping to repair the damage done to your body must have corroded your soul. Oh! And for that matter, I should add Prophecy to the list, because Scott and Helen foresaw what was coming, eventually: We decided that western civilization would be unable henceforth to provide an adequate, stable and secure life even for those who attempted to follow its directives. If profit accumulation in the hands of the rich and powerful continued to push the economy toward ever more catastrophic depressions; if the alternative to depression, under the existing social system, was the elimination of the unmarketable surplus through the construction and uses of ever more deadly war equipment, it was only a question of time before those who depended upon the system for livelihood and security would find themselves out in the cold or among the missing. Now if youll excuse me, Im off to set up an alternative lifestyle pattern free of all dependence upon the establishment market economy, buy me some land, build me a stone house, just right after I watch this episode of So You Think You Can Dance.
The Good Life: Helen and Scott Nearing's Sixty Years of Self-Sufficient Living
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In , after deciding it would be better to be poor in the country than in the city, Helen and Scott moved from New York Ciy to Vermont. Here they created their legendary homestead which they described in Living the Good Life: How to Live Simply and Sanely in a Troubled World , a book that has sold , copies and inspired thousands of young people to move back to the land. The Nearings moved to Maine in , where they continued their hard physical work as homesteaders and their intense intellectual work promoting social justice. Thirty years later, as Scott approached his th birthday, he decided it was time to prepare for his death. He stopped eating, and six weeks later Helen held him and said goodbye.
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