Thursday, January 14, 2010

Ancient Futures

I stumbled across this video produced in 1993, based on the book with the same title: Ancient Futures - Learning from Ladakh. The video is old, yet it touches so many issues still relevant and up-to-date today: interdependence (at a social, material and political level), local resilience, permaculture, finding social agreements on scarce resources (water and cattle herding in their case), government decision making reducing individual freedoms and liberties, globalization creating single-sided dependence, influences of modern media, modern materialism reducing leisure time instead of creating it, and sources of happiness. The video lasts exactly one hour and is worth watching. It will shed light on some true values of life and question what is frequently called progress.

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