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by Stephaniejoy Alliman, staff writer

 

“Certain distinctive tipping points, vectors, and dynamics make unexpected openings for creative change-making,” Anthony Weston states in the table of content. Westin presents the opportunity to rebuild New Orleans after the disaster of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This book, How to Re-Imagine the World, throws out ideas that seem odd, but after reading these suggestions, the reader is left to think, “why not?”

How to Re-Imagine the World offers new perspectives of the world we live in. Weston pushes the notion that his idea may seem out there, but with inspiration and persuasion, change can happen. It just takes those initial steps to get the ball moving. Weston states, “Real movement begins with a vision – with inspiration and engagement, with a pull and not a push.”

Weston suggests solutions and ideas that common society would shun. Instead of people commuting, why not have it so that you work in your own town. Make it so that everything you would need is in your town. As for New Orleans, why not turn it into a floating city? That would resolve flooding issues and could possibly improve the city. Why just rebuild when you can reinvent the whole city from scratch.

Communication skills are also examined. If we can’t successfully live in harmony with the same species, what would happen if we came in contact with a being not of our world? How would we react? We wouldn’t be able to handle a new unexpected change.

Weston also put words in different perspectives. “Attacks on our soil,” in our society typically refers to a terrorist attack or something of that nature. Weston introduces the idea that pollution is a literal attack on our soil. Looking at the literal translation, anything that harms the land is considered an “attack on our soil.” So, does that make polluters terrorists?

Weston was recently awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award and has written eight other books. The topics of his books are environmental ethics, environmental philosophy, social philosophy, philosophy of education, and critical and creative thinking.

 
 
 

 

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