The Wayfinders: why ancient wisdom matters in the modern world

I love it when I find readable non-fiction, and this book is both eminently readable and lovable. Part of the CBC Massey lecture series, it speaks to culture, language and society, and what happens as we lose the thread between ourselves and our past. Like Ronald Wright’s A Short History of Progress (another excellent Massey lecture that deserves its own blog post), Davis questions the global thirst for progress. However, unlike Wright, Davis is less doomsday in his outlook and celebrates modern navigators in Hawaii and aboriginal peoples in Canada, among others, in their efforts to reclaim a gentler way of thinking and doing. A very important book with a message that is becoming hard to ignore. (submitted by LH)

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