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A Real Life : Restoring What Matters: Family, Good Friends and a True Community - Ferenc Máté

A Real Life

Restoring What Matters: Family, Good Friends and a True Community


Published: 15th August 2011
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With our environment on its knees, our great myths and cities crumbling, Ferenc Mate argues in this passionate, darkly funny book that now is the time to begin our lives anew, on a more human scale. With our lust for mechanized "progress" we have damaged and endangered not only our planet but also our communities, families, and even friendships. He warns that our environmental movement by itself is as effective as "trying to stop a freight-train with a feather." He argues for fundamental change--by each of us. We must place simple human needs and the human spirit far ahead of material wealth. We must rethink our concepts of career, home life, habits, and what we call security and success. And we must resurrect our foundations: the small town, the family, and a dignified caring self. Only then will our earth become the paradise we once had and mistakenly took for granted.

"We need this book now more than ever" -- NBC TV "His book comes out of an amazing life experience, and it inspires us to travel in search of the ultimate souvenir: Learning to live a more fulfilling life." -- Rick Steves - Travel with Rick Steves "A handbook of survival in these strange times." -- CW Magazine

Author's notep. 7
The Pursuit of Happinessp. 11
Time Was on Our Sidep. 17
Sunday, Lovely Sundayp. 21
Love Thy Neighbor, Live Foreverp. 30
A Man's Neighborhood is His Castlep. 36
The True Cost of a Thingp. 51
The Steady Job: Now You See It, Now You Don'tp. 75
Gone Fishin'p. 92
TGIM-Thank Goodness It's Monday!p. 99
Honor Thy Vegetable Gardenp. 110
Financial Obesityp. 135
Mortgage, Sweet Mortgagep. 141
How Do You Hug an Electronic Friend?p. 165
The Shallowing of our Mindsp. 178
Our Inner Depthsp. 191
Talk to Mep. 199
Strangers in the Night (and Day)p. 204
Let Us Playp. 215
Teach Your Children Wellp. 225
All You Need Is Lovep. 239
Appendix 1p. 253
Appendix 2p. 257
Acknowledgmentsp. 275
Endnotesp. 277
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ISBN: 9780920256695
ISBN-10: 0920256694
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 15th August 2011
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 14.73  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1