Six books I recommend in 2024 for a better future

Today, I am going to give you a short reading list for 2024. But before I do, I also want to mention that I released my latest newsletter. This newsletter is designed to be an encouraging email you get that shows that fighting against technology and global climate change is not a lost cause. The newsletter is entirely free, though you can support my work as well on Substack for just $5 per month.

Now, let’s get onto the reading list. These are books that I think give a great overview of alternative ways of thinking and living that are more harmonious with nature. They typically go against the ideology of forcing everyone into making new technology at the expense of wild animals and plants.

1. Mark Boyle, Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi

Drinking Molotov Cocktails with Gandhi is an excellent book that highlights how violent our society really is. While we aim for peace and extreme technological comfort within human societies, we actually pay for this system through our violent actions against nature.

2. Mark Boyle, The Way Home

This other book by Boyle is the story about the author living away from technological in rural Ireland. His insights and experiences should be very inspiring to anyone who believes technology is not all it’s cracked up to be.

3. Miles Olson, Unlearn, Rewild

Unlearn, Rewild gives another view of how unnatural our current society is. I’m actually still just a third into it but I already recommend it. It has some practical ideas as well as very nice viewpoints on our degenerate culture.

4. Shunryu Suzuki, Not Always So

In some ways, Not Always So is a bit of an outlier here. It’s not about the degeneracy of technology. Instead, it’s about Zen Buddhism. However, it is not hard to see how the sicknesses of modern society is in some way the opposite journey of Zen meditation. Therefore, I think a practice of Zen meditation is crucial in turning this world around. You can see my article Artificial Intelligence: A diseased manifestation of monkey mind for some ideas about this.

5. Edward O. Wilson, Half-Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Life

Wilson’s book Half-Earth is a more practical plan about saving our ecosystems from a biologist’s point of view. The recommendation is that we should set aside half the earth to be protected for nature. This is certainly one of the facets of a strategy towards a better future.

6. David Skrbina, The Metaphysics of Technology

If you could only read one book on the philosophy of technology, this would be it. This book summarizes pretty much all the serious philosophical analyses of technology and presents them through a novel synthesis. If you want to have a deep understanding of how technology evolves and its effects on humanity, you have to read this book.

Conclusion

These six books are some of my favourite books for understanding the world. I’ve actually read all of them (except the third, which I am currently reading), and they should be very useful for anyone who dares embark on the journey to change our planet for the better, instead of just for profit.


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