reading it now - halfway through.
wow! this is a book i really crave discussing with others. i found the first chapter enticing, had to skip (well, quickly skim) the next 2-3 super academic/philosophical chapters, and now am delving into the profound chapters that follow.
it's blowing my mind to hear about what a devastating effect literacy has had upon the human connection with nature (and ourselves). it's something that's completely obvious as a general idea, but the way he approaches it goes deep into human history and the systematic and intentional progression of our dissociation from the sensual by political/social powers. of course there was (and still is) overt and underground resistance by different groups. he discusses the efforts to counter that, and what managed to endure the many squelching attempts.
as someone who's a frequent writer and who expresses herself best in that manner, i have conflicting feelings as i process these ideas. writing saved me as a very isolated, different-thinking young person, so it's close to my heart and still feels vital to my self-expression. confronting it at the root of so much estrangement in our human culture feels agonizing, but also essential.
for those of you reading this book (or if you've read it already), maybe we could post some of our favorite quotes/excerpts here for people who aren't going to read it but our interested in the ideas. i'm an underliner
, so I can contribute to that the next time i have the book nearby.