Unlearn, RewildBook - 2012
Provides a manual to break free from enslavement to jobs, bills, and the trap of civilization, sharing advice on survival skills and sustainable living.
Picture a world where humans exist, like all other living things, in balance. Where there is no separation between "human" and "wild." Unlearn, Rewild boldly envisions such a world, probing deeply into the cultural constraints on our ability to lead truly sustainable lives and offering real, tangible tools to move toward another way of living, seeing, and thinking.
Part philosophical treatise, part hard-core survival guide, this unique and thoroughly unconventional manual blends philosophy with a detailed introduction to a rich assortment of endangered traditional living skills, including:
- Harvesting and preparing unconventional proteins
- Feral food preservation
- Dealing responsibly with waste
- Natural methods of birth control
- Tanning and processing animal skins
Lyrical, humorous, surprising, enlightening, and thought-provoking by turns, Unlearn, Rewild is essential reading for those who wish to heal themselves and the earth, live gracefully into the future primitive and experience their wildest dreams.
Miles Olson has spent the past decade deeply immersed in learning and practicing earth skills. While foraging, hunting, gardening, and gathering for his livelihood, his experiences have given him a unique perspective on rewilding, radical self-reliance, and the impact of civilization on the natural world.
Miles Olson offers a philosophical inquiry into and criticism of industrial civilization and attempts to reform it, while pointing to the way to a truly sustainable future. He describes this strategy as "re-wilding," which focuses on preserving wild food, hunting and processing of game, birth-control, fire and light, eating bugs, getting to know nuts and other uncommonly foragable foods. The text is organized into two parts, the first dealing with ideas and the latter with practical strategies. Among the ideas he raises in the first part are a critique of the sustainability of veganism in a post-civilizational context, technology and ethics, how to walk away from civilization, racism and being white in the post-civilizational context, and just what re-wilding is. Distributed by Consortium Books Sales and Distribution. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)