Despair & Personal Power in the Nuclear Age

Macy, Joanna
Publisher:  New Society Publishers
Year Published:  1983  
Pages:  178pp   ISBN:  ISBN 0-393-02641-8
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX3958

Abstract:  Written by Joanna Macy, a teacher of world religions, Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age deals with our knowledge and feelings about the present planetary crisis in ways that "release energy and vision" for creative response.
The work was written to build compassion, community and commitment to act, instead of merely to impart information on the present conditions and future prospects of our world.
Macy feels that by focusing one's responses on the world's present perils energy will be released and solidarity will arise. Information must be on an affective level for people to unite and share mutual respect. Accordingly, she utilizes exercises and "guided meditations" to enable the reader to relate to him- or herself and others in a time of impending apocalypse. She examines the origins of despair and empowerment and then outlines applications of her insights.