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A viral Book The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be published From one of Canada s most exciting writers and ecological thinkers, a book that will change the way we see nature and show that in restoring the living world, we are also restoring ourselves The Once and Future World began in the moment J.B MacKinnon realized the grassland he grew up on was not the pristine wilderness he had always believed it to be Instead, his home pFrom one of Canada s most exciting writers and ecological thinkers, a book that will change the way we see nature and show that in restoring the living world, we are also restoring ourselves The Once and Future World began in the moment J.B MacKinnon realized the grassland he grew up on was not the pristine wilderness he had always believed it to be Instead, his home prairie was the outcome of a long history of transformation, from the disappearance of the grizzly bear to the introduction of cattle What remains today is an illusion of the wild an illusion that has in many ways created our world In 3 beautifully drawn parts, MacKinnon revisits a globe exuberant with life, where lions roam North America and 20 times whales swim in the sea He traces how humans destroyed that reality, out of rapaciousness, yes, but also through a great forgetting Finally, he calls for an age of restoration, not only to revisit that richer and awe filled world, but to reconnect with our truest human nature MacKinnon never fails to remind us that nature is a menagerie of marvels Here are fish that pass down the wisdom of elders, landscapes still shaped by ecological ghosts, a tortoise that is slowly remaking prehistory It remains a beautiful world, MacKinnon writes, and it is its beauty, not its emptiness, that should inspire us to seek nature in our lives.. Popular Kindle The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be I recently saw that J. B. MacKinnon's book The Once and Future World was shortlisted here in Canada for the RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction, and I wondered at that term "literary non-fiction". Intrigued, I picked up the book and right from the beginning, MacKinnon showed me what it means:My childhood landscape was the northernmost tip of the rain-shadow drylands that sprawl up most of western North America, and I could have stepped out of my house and walked three thousand kilometers to Mexico and been thirsty all the way. It was rattlesnake country and black widow country, and as a boy I was brown-skinned and blond-haired and so much a son of that sun-baked earth that I wouldn't flinch if a two-inch-long grasshopper thudded down on the bare skin of my ribs as I ran through the fields.MacKinnon packs this volume with interesting facts, cites innumerable studies and books, but as he writes with such an expressive style and emphasises a philosophical approach to ecology, it was a pleasure to read; neither dry nor preachy.The first interesting idea I encountered was called "change blindness" or "Shifting Baseline Syndrome". Essentially, it means that we all assume that the environment we grow up with is the "normal state". Even if we have grandparents who tell us that the forest used to stretch as far as the eye could see or that the streams were boiling with fish when they were kids, we look at the last stand of trees and spy minnows in the shallows and think everything is still pretty wild and free. According to a study, even children who grow up in a poor and terribly polluted community in Houston think that their environment is the normal state and only a third of them agreed that pollution affected their lives at all. Like the frog in a pot of gradually boiling water, this explains why we're not all alarmed by the degradation we see around us -- we can't actually see it. The level of degradation is the next amazing fact: MacKinnon claims that we're living in a "10% world". The variety of species in the wild is 10% of what it used to be, their gross numbers or biomass are 10% of what they used to be, and the range that the surviving animals occupy is 10% of what it used to be. When we start talking about how things "used to be", talking about how to restore the presumed original natural balance, things become complicated: Some people think, to take North America as an example, that "used to be" means in 1491 -- before Columbus. But every corner of the Americas had already been changed by the presence of its Native population before the Europeans came. There's a plan to reintroduce bison to Banff, because they used to live there, but it turns out that that population was probably the Natives' attempt to herd and keep them in the natural corral of the surrounding mountains -- so is a penned-in group of bison a return to the natural or not? Or as others have proposed, should a parade of elephants be allowed to range free across Texas because mastodons used to be there before the Natives hunted them off?The next broad principle explored is that of "double disappearance": Every time a species goes extinct, or is extirpated from its traditional range, it has a profound effect on the human population who once interacted with it -- whether culturally, like the fading away of the Chandelours ("bearsong") festivals across Europe as the bears disappeared, or even physically, like the increase in myopia among populations that no longer need acute vision for hunting. Citing conservation biologist Michael Soulé, MacKinnon writes:When we choose the kind of nature we will live with, we are also choosing the kind of human beings we will be. We shape the world, and it shapes us in return. We are the creator and the created, the maker and the made.In an interview with Harper's Magazine, MacKinnon sums up The Once and Future World: We need to remember, reconnect, and rewild — in that order. We first need to take a careful look at the past in order to understand nature’s potential and to guide our decisions, for example about what species we might need to remove or reintroduce. We need to reconnect with nature, to become more ecologically literate, so that we are alert to the impacts of our choices. Finally, we can remake a wilder world.The concept of "rewilding" is the final idea, and although it might even be considered the point of the book (the "future world" of the title), it was the least developed to me. After sharing various cautionary stories about the unintended consequences of man's attempts to interfere with rebalancing nature (like on Macquarie Island -- a manmade nightmare of cats and parakeets and bunny rabbits), the ultimate solution seemed unclear. I can accept that I have "change blindness" and suffer from "double disappearance" to the extent that of course I don't want bears or moose or, I can't even imagine, elephants ambling down the street I live on. I understand that rewilding means not only allowing nature to recover and reintroduce itself to the spaces we've pushed it out of but also rewilding ourselves -- recreating connections to the natural world that will allow us to live in harmony with the species that do return to us -- but I cannot see how wishing it will be so can make it so.In the end, this is not a handbook of solutions, but as a philosophical overview, it was fascinating and optimistic and an enjoyable read. I wish I had the courage to fulfill the promise of its vision:The lone person on a wild landscape is a baseline of human liberty, a condition in which we are restrained only by physical limits and the bounds of our own consciousness.
The Once The first single from The Once s new album Time Enough, available now Intro New Video Graphic work by Jud Haynes Photography by Tom Cochrane Web design by Matthew Byrne. The Once and Future King by T.H White The Once and Future King is, obviously, a modern variation on the Arthurian cycle Allegedly, T H White s main source was Sir Thomas Malory s Le Morte d Arthur However, while Malory starts his hefty book with the story of Uther and Igraine, White hardly mentions Arthur s true parents. The Once and Future King T H White The Once and Future King is about White s experiences with war and tragedy these are mirrored in the childish foolishness and aged grief of the Wart, and muddled into the tragedy of Lancelot and Guenever It is not always an easy book It is very obviously a product of its own peculiar place and time, as all good Arthurian stories should be. The Once and Future King The Once and Future King is a work by T H White based upon the book Le Morte d Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory It was first published in It was first published in It collects and revises shorter novels published from to , with much new material. The Once and Future King by T H White, Paperback Nov , The Once and Future King is T.H White s masterful retelling of the saga of King Arthur, a fantasy classic as legendary as Excalibur and Camelot, and a poignant story of adventure, romance, and magic that has enchanted readers for generations. The Once and Future Liberal After Identity Politics The Once And Future Liberal is a punchy, no b.s guide to how the Democrats can make the future their own A must read Rod Dreher, The American Conservative After the disaster of November , a wreckage analysis is desperately needed.