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Seth Wetmore
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Books as a resource are beging to become scarce. The book stores I have used for over 30 years no longer exsist. I now have what ever is presented in a mega super market, a used book store, or a library.
This is becomeing very difficult for me. I refuse to buy a high tech techlonogy to replace a low tech technology that works.
I refuse to use the devices that present books. I would rather own a book. I refuse to purchase on line if I can avoid it. So my options are getting limited further and further. I used to read a new book per month or week depending on how fast the book was. This was a lot of money I tied up, but I found it valuable. Now i do not have to spend money on books, yet I also am loosing the ability to go find interesting books to read with out a long research time.
Bummer.
Are books good for our society or are we just wasting time with them?
 
fiona smith
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Seth, your post first struck me as amusing, because I have read some books of ripe old crap, and I have often thought about them being a waste of good 'ol timber.

I have the same issue, only thing is, there is an oldie worldy village not too far from me and it's support of permaculture and eco friendly existance has supported old ways of doing things. There is more book selling goes on there than there are nerds at monsanto! So I am fortunate in that respect.

But onto your question of whether books are good for society is hard to answer, in fact i don't know, because at one time we humans never wrote anything down, they had all the skills they needed to survive and thrive, and culture and knowledge was expressed in otherways, and I do believe some very wize men in the east never bothered to write anything at all if it is fact. So where did Jesus buddha and the 3 wize men gain all their knowledge? Well, they looked deeply into the order of the universe. We all have this ability. It's whether we all want to observe it and act on it.

Books can only do so much can't they?
 
Seth Wetmore
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Interesting point.
I am by nature a interactive learner and use books mostly for entertainment. Currently I am using a computer for entertainment because I read all my books.
I have found knowledge from books to be quite usefull.
the difficulty is that as i write this post in a permaculture forum I am breaking with the ethics I am attempting to use as a standard for goal attainment.
Odd huh?
I do agree people in action do far more than books can, yet books are stores of information good bad or amusing.
I would like to think that in the case of the power going off for a long period of time, that we could revert to books.
Although if the books go away, and the power goes out, then we may have a problem.
Thanks I will continue to ponder this point. I appriciate your input.
Have a beautiful day.
 
Leila Rich
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Seth, have you found http://www.soilandhealth.org/ ?
Combines books, technology and free stuff!
 
fiona smith
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Thanks Leila. I haven't come across one yet that has Spiritual leanings!
 
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