Healing Our World is an important book. It is one of the
better explanations of the concept of ecology that can be applied not only to
the natural world but to our communications environment as well. I recommend
the book enthusiastically.
Neil Postman, Ed.D., Chair, Department of Culture
and Communications at New York University
and author of 17 books including Amusing Ourselves to Death, Technopoly, The
Disappearance of Childhood, and The End of Education
With revolutionary sensitivity, Jackie has put together an overview of
the state of our lives and our planet with the rare quality of being rooted
in daily experience.
Chellis Glendinning, Ph.D.,
from the Introduction; Author of My Name is Chellis and I´m in Recovery from
Western Civilization, Off the Map, and others.
As we settle into the 21st century,
it is time to clean house and rid ourselves of many of the false assumptions
upon which we have based our lives. Healing Our
World: A Journey from the Darkness into the Light, explores how
we have been lulled into complacency about the illnesses in our culture. We
have been taught to believe that we get sick because of the luck of the draw
or because we have the flu rather than because of reckless consumption and the
production of life threatening toxic substances. Upon closer examination, it
becomes clear that government environmental standards are designed to protect
the free-flow of commerce, not our health.
Our World provides a wonderful opportunity to examine our values
and what we have placed value on. It can be a joyous time of house cleaning
and soul cleaning, a time when we embrace nature’s limits and see value
in unexpected places.
Each chapter will take you on a
journey of eye-opening revelations of the environmental and social injustices
at work in our world. The effects of the greed and self interest of political,
corporate and industrial leaders will shock you, depress you, infuriate you,
and maybe, move you to action and profound personal examination. But you won´t
have to go it alone. You will also be presented with many ideas about how to
get personally involved in healing these wounds.
In February of 1997, Jackie was
asked to write a story about Multiple Chemical Sensitivity for the Environment
News Service and the response to the piece was so great that they asked
him to write a weekly column of opinion. Since that time, he has written over
160 articles with over 1200 Internet links.
Our World´s ten chapters take the reader on a journey into the
maladies of our time and the results of our consumer based lifestyle. The consequences
of treating the Earth as an endless resource store become painfully obvious.
But along the way, pathways toward healing are presented that give the reader
solid ideas about how to break the endless cycle of consumerism and start the
journey toward considering all life on Earth as sacred.
Readers of Jackie´s weekly commentary
will find familiar articles updated and revised, with much new material. Each
chapter is introduced with connecting thoughts and the Conclusion brings it