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Book Review: Falter by Bill McKibben

Posted On: Mar 20, 2020   |   Posted By: Steady State

Book Review: Falter by Bill McKibben

By Herman Daly
Thanks to Bill McKibben, not just for his new book but for 30 years of honest, eloquent, and insightful environmental writing and activism.
Thomas Merton Center dinner honoring Bill McKibben.
He begins Falter by pointing out that “ the human game we've been playing has no rules and no end, but it does come with two logical imperatives. The first is to keep it going, and the second is to keep it human.”
What McKibben calls “the game” that we must keep going and keep human is similar to what C. S. Lewis called the “Tao” in his 1944 classic, The Abolition of Man. The Tao refers to the common morality informed by natural law and spiritual insight-the given yet evolving conscience and wisdom of mankind. The Tao also develops and evolves out of its own past. It is our best understanding of objective value. We cannot logically depart from it in any fundamental way-it transcends both subjectivism and naturalism.
In McKibben's version, the “human game” has to...

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