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Americans, like all humans, still have a tribal core. It is merely kept hidden and rarely spoken of. Despite our cultural mood swings and politically correct fads, many continue the normal human organizational pattern of grouping with those of similar racial appearance, ethnic or cultural background, language or speaking diction, religion, education, and other vital, deeply felt human relational and grouping cues. Some declare they long for more contact with the natural environment. Others sense there is ...

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The Human Center

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Overview

Americans, like all humans, still have a tribal core. It is merely kept hidden and rarely spoken of. Despite our cultural mood swings and politically correct fads, many continue the normal human organizational pattern of grouping with those of similar racial appearance, ethnic or cultural background, language or speaking diction, religion, education, and other vital, deeply felt human relational and grouping cues. Some declare they long for more contact with the natural environment. Others sense there is something wrong with mandatory consumerism. Many desire closer equality between people. Some believe that quality of life is greatest in a small, local community. Nearly all detest the pollution, urban sprawl, and environmental destruction in our wake. These are the ruminations of beings that are, by ancient evolutionary design, hunter-gatherer, tribal beings, now massively disoriented in our sophisticated urbanizations and very large populations, with numerous constant arms races for economic development and employment, high technology and innovation, and a belief in the rightness of persistent cultural revision.

The Human Center essays draw upon history, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and economics in an attempt to describe how America became a nation of people who gave up their human identity in order to live side-by-side in a multicultural, materialistic society. This book is for those who would consider if we ever had a ‘human center’, a deep underlying set of instincts that served as our inner compass and which guided our worldview during the days of small scale tribes and helped make us happy. The author addresses issues such as self-similar, spirituality, trade, and near-equality. The Human Center was written to join the discussion of those who ask if we could live smaller upon the Earth.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044506978
  • Publisher: Robert Baller
  • Publication date: 4/22/2013
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 769,647
  • File size: 358 KB

Meet the Author

Robert Baller is an ecologist who lives in Beloit, Wisconsin. He has worked for state, county, and local governments, and for private environmental firms. His primary interest is ecological recovery. He is an avid volunteer for civic causes.
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