The Despair of Doing Nothing: A Thought Experiment


False materialistic culture and agriculture begin and end by “doing.”                                
But the way of [the] true man begins and ends by “doing nothing.”

 (Masanobu Fukuoka, The Natural Way of Farming, 214) 

Throughout our wonderings over the past year, we have taken up, at least tangentially, a rather thorny issue: what to do as we approach the collapse of industrial civilization. Should we continue to live comfortably ensconced within the current culture or do we attempt to extricate ourselves from it and simplify our lives? Alternatively, do we work diligently to hasten its demise?

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About kulturcritic

With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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1 Response to The Despair of Doing Nothing: A Thought Experiment

  1. robindatta says:

    Not quite clear whom the “we”s, “our”s &c. refer to. Also not clear where the matter of “guilt” arises.

    A patrilineal ancestor of mine was reported to have said “On account of my adverse (karmic) influences, even verdant forests and luxuriant gardens are transformed into severe deserts: this is neither my fault, nor your fault, not anyone else’s fault. 

    One who sees inaction in action, and action in inaction, is wise among men, and is beyond both. Bhagavad Gita 4:18

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