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Where Division Ends: On Feeling at Home in Chaos (Paperback)

Where Division Ends: On Feeling at Home in Chaos (Paperback)
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Maurice Ash
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In this book of essays Maurice Ash unpicks the fallacy of fragmented and compartmentalized knowledge. Although each essay stands alone, the underlying theme is to unequivocally expose the inherent falsehood of Cartesian dualism. From Ash’s perspective, the deep cause that lies at the root of the multiple crises facing Western societies is the split between self and the world, between subject and object, the observer and the observed.

With his powerful arrows of Buddhist logic, he hits two targets. First, there is no Self separate from the World. It is the notion of the Self which has given birth to self-centred, self-seeking, selfish and egotistical individualism. Only by moving away from the illusion of Self can we embrace the reality of community. “The world is constituted of the relationships of relationships”, says the author. The second target Ash aims to demolish is the notion of metaphysics, which gives birth to idealism, utopianism, communism and all the other isms. For the author, reality is in the here and the now—it is in the way we live our everyday life.

In Maurice Ash’s view, the way out of our predicament is simple; look at the world and see it whole. Only within that whole can we nurture a sense of place and a sense of community. Community, by nature, has to be of a human scale. In other words, small is beautiful.

Maurice Ash has been Chairman of the Town and Country Planning Association, The Dartington Hall Trust in Devon and The Green Alliance. He has written some half-dozen books, of which this is the last.

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