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Věrní a rozumní. Kapitoly o ekologické zpozdilosti (ilustrace B. Lacina)

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Year of publication 2018
Type Monograph
Description “The Faithful and the Reasonable: Chapters on Ecological Foolishness” follows the successful titles “The Colourful and the Green: Chapters on Voluntary Simplicity” and “The Half-Hearted and the Hesitant: Chapters on Ecological Luxury.” The author poses the question of why, at a time of continuing devastation of nature, people’s interest in nature conservation has been decreasing. Are the media to blame or is our numbness toward ecological problems rooted in our mental makeup that tends to supress unpleasant realities? The author also wants to find out why some people have remained faithful to nature. To get to the answers, she applies sociological, philosophical, psychological, and theological perspectives. An unexpected question that may surprise some readers then becomes: Actually, why should we protect nature when it can take care of itself? It is not weak; it is strong and cruel. The empirical part of the book takes readers into the field, among birds of prey conservationists. Mainly, however, this part focuses on people’s faithfulness to nature, a faithfulness based on environmentally-friendly everyday living and low consumption of material goods. The author visits “the Colourful” again, first it was ten, now it is twenty-three years later. Moreover, Librová’s students Vojtěch Pelikán, Lucie Galčanová, and Lukáš Kala interview the children of “the Colourful,” too: have they inherited their parents’ modest lifestyle? Who is in fact reasonable and who is foolish in today’s world? Those who shrug their shoulders and give up on tackling nature’s problems, pursuing instead the pleasures that a virtual world might bring? Or those who, by experiencing the so called environmental grief, search for a catharsis that might lead them toward active engagement in nature conservation?
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