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Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World Hardcover – 14 Oct. 2010
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A blueprint for a more balanced, sustainable world by King Charles III.
For more than 30 years His Royal Highness Prince Charles The Prince of Wales has been at the forefront of a growing ecological movement. Originally treated with scepticism, many of his ideas are now widely accepted and gaining increasing impact and influence. His work has sought to meet a huge range of modern challenges, from urbanisation to deforestation. In every case, however, the philosophy that is the foundation of his work has always been the same, but has always been unspoken, until now.
For the first time, Prince Charles, with the help of his two leading advisors, has brought together his vast knowledge and experience to set out this philosophy - a philosophy that is as robust as it is practical.
In Harmony, Prince Charles looks at different aspects of our modern world to demonstrate how many of the challenges seen in areas as diverse as architecture, farming and medicine can be traced to how we have abandoned a classical sense of balance and proportion. From the rice farms of India to America's corn belt, Harmony spans the globe, dissecting the specific practices of modern life that have put us at odds with the world and showing how this imbalance manifests itself throughout our lives.
Harmony shows how the imbalance that has emerged is at heart of a crisis which now threatens our very civilisation. It tells the story of how our disconnection from Nature has contributed to the greatest crisis in the history of mankind and how seeking balance in our actions will return us to a more considered, secure, comfortable and cleaner world.
Drawing on his own practical experience, Prince Charles charts how changes to how we look at the world could lead us toward a better future. He describes how knowledge and perspectives now largely lost could help us meet very modern challenges, including in the built environment, engineering, medicine and farming.
‘An important book…By promoting the idea of a revolution in consciousness as the remedy for contemporary ills the prince shows he is a modern man.’ THE INDEPENDENT
‘A bold and courageous book.’ THE TELEGRAPH
‘The breadth is panoramic… The book has an engaging candour, inviting the reader into a one-on-one conversation…Harmony reacquaints us with a sense of our collective spirit.’ THE ECOLOGIST
‘A remarkable fusion of philosophy, ecology, theology, artistry, biology and cosmology’ SUNDAY TASMANIAN
About the Author
HRH Prince Charles is first in line to the throne. His wide range of interests is reflected in 'The Prince's Charities', 20 not-for-profit organisations of which he is President. The organisations are active across areas including opportunity and enterprise, education, health and the built and natural environments. The Prince's concerns about developments in these fields have been elaborated in many speeches and articles but Harmony is the first time his philosophy has been explained.
Tony Juniper is the Executive Director of Friends of the Earth and co-author of the award-winning PARROTS. He lives in Cambridge, and campaigns in the UK and worldwide on a broad range of environmental issues.
IAN SKELLY is a much-loved BBC Radio 3 presenter with a passion for music and the arts. Before working at the BBC, he was an award-winning travel writer for The Observer. He is also a published writer on the arts.
- Publisher : HarperCollins; First Edition (14 Oct. 2010)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007348037
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007348039
- Dimensions : 24.13 x 16.51 x 3.81 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 50,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The depth of learning on which his words are based is extraordinary, and I know this because he follows quite uncannilly my own. He brings up many issues I have, quotes the exact verses I have, and tries to help move us forward in ways I haven't yet got to grips with.
I know his basis in philosophy will make a lot wince, but I know what he says is true; it is the very path I started along myself. Since we appear to have walked the same road and come to the same conclusions, there must be something born of right thought in it.
His explanation of the lost ecological essence of the major religions is remarkable to me since I have struggled with the paradox of how far religion has moved away from our Source, the Earth. It is indeed this fracture that has made us believe we are masters of the planet. Man cannot create one blade of grass! We are made up of the rocks and minerals, the air, water, and bacteria of this planet - we are part of it, and it is all of us. We do not exist without it, we are One.
He has done a very remarkable and brave job of pulling the threads together. I agree entirely that we must control ourselves - our population size - or we will go beyond the Earth's willingness to sustain us. This is critical; solving our insane lack of selfcontrol, and sealing the rift between knowledge and knowing, selfishness and community, human and all else, is vital.
Science is a mode of enquiry and it has given us much, but it is only that. There is much that we do not know, much that we never will. We are viewing the world through a letterbox and it's about time we got a much wider holistic outlook whilst there is still beauty to be dreamed.
The book is a balance between an academic work and a dose of realism. It is not a book which can be read from begining to end in one go it requires time.
Many of the ideas put forward by the author fly in the face of people such as some academics and those who believe that science is the answer to all. The author questions the effect on society of technology such as computers as the 'fait accompli' with which so many are forced.
This book reminds the reader to appreciate the beauty that exists whilst is still does.
Anyone who considers themselves to be well informed should spend time with this book with an open mind and then, ask themselves,
"Have I got my priorities right?"
Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World
A good editor would have cut out some of the more self-absorbed 'I told you so' elements, thus providing the pleb - sorry, reader- with a more concise tome with a more powerful message.
Structure was also an issue: several times a new topic is promised but then the rambling starts and the reader must again struggle through the rambles before reaching the point promised so long before that it had almost been forgotten.
But thanks for the free book, sir!