By John Zerzan
“Read it and you'll by no means give some thought to civilization within the related means again.”—Kirkpatrick Sale
This anthology approximately "the pathology of civilization" deals perception into how growth and expertise have ended in vacancy and alienation.
"A provocative anthologypresenting the likes of Freud, Friedrich Schiller, William Morris, and the Unabomber, besides vibrant modern thinkersthat increases the query of even if our elaborately dependent, technology-driven society creates extra difficulties than it alleviates." -- Jay Walljasper; Utne Reader, March/April 1999
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But if you want to see an even more unequal fight, put them, naked and disarmed, face to face, and you will soon recognize the advantage of constantly having all of one’s strength at one’s disposal, of always being ready for any event, and of always carrying oneself, so to speak, entirely with one. Hobbes claims that man is naturally intrepid and seeks only to attack and fight. An illustrious Philosopher thinks, on the contrary, and Cumberland and Pufendorf also affirm, that nothing is so timid as man in the state of Nature, and that he is always trembling and ready to flee at the slightest noise he hears, at the slightest movement he perceives.
Air Force. In 1983, it reported 2,300 bird collisions; and 300 of these each caused more than $1,000 in damage. S. Air Force crew was forced to bail out of their F-111 jet when a 12-pound goose smashed into the protective covering on the nose of the jet. 9 million, is now quietly at rest on the bottom of the North Sea. So what does civilized man do to combat the situation? In Traverse City, airport employees run around the airfield chasing gulls away with “cracker shells” fired from shotguns. They play tapes on loudspeakers of the cries of wounded seagulls, and they’re considering putting up hawk silhouettes to see if that might do the trick.
In civilization one studies civilized people, and the frequency of the forms of degeneration which are found then determine what we consider normal and abnormal. As a result, conditions which generally form no part of undomesticated animal life are regarded as normal and necessary for the human species. So long has disease been studied that the physician often has little concept as to what health actually is. We live in a world of pathology, deformity and virtual physical monstrosity, which has so colored our thinking that we cannot visualize the nature of health and the conditions necessary for its presence.
Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections by John Zerzan