The Culture of Make Believe

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  • Paperback
  • 720 pages
  • The Culture of Make Believe
  • Derrick Jensen
  • English
  • 06 November 2019
  • 9781931498579

About the Author: Derrick Jensen

Derrick Jensen is an American of Make ePUB ✓ author and environmental of Make eBook activist living in Crescent City, California He has published several books questioning and critiquing contemporary society and its values, including A Language Older Than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, and Endgame He holds a BS in Mineral Engineering Physics from the Colorado School The Culture MOBI :Ð of Mines and The Culture MOBI : an MFA in Creative Writing from Eas.

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10 thoughts on “The Culture of Make Believe

  1. Chris says:

    The absolute best writer at telling you how fucked up everything is, but making you feel ok about it. Not in a well, there's no point, so why bother, kind of way, but rather in a shit, that makes so much sense, I don't feel overwhelmed anymore, so I'm gonna go out and kick some ass in a positive way, kind of way. Everything I've read of his is brutally honest, and amazing.

  2. rissa says:

    We have been trained to see the KKK as a strange fluke run by a group of uneducated lunatics, the Holocaust as an awful but isolated incident run by a charismatic lunatic, but to not see the many current and invisible atrocities. We have been trained to ask why certain people commit certain hateful acts, but never to ask what kind of culture forms these people, and this hate, in the first place. We definitely do not ask if the culture that our ways of life are intricately, but abstractly, based on is not just the opportunity for, but the cause of this (intricate and abstract) hate.

    The mythology runs deep, and Jensen digs into it lucidly, and with a huge amount of research. The accounts of horrors are only bearable to hear as he examines the psychology of them, and shows how they're surprisingly interrelated and relevant.

  3. blakeR says:

    Wow, one of the more intense books I have ever read. If you're prone to depression, I recommend taking this one in very small amounts, maybe a chapter a week. I read the whole thing in about a week and spent the last few days in a very pessimistic fog about our prospect as a species.

    Jensen has the strangest way with words when describing some of the most horrific historical events imagineable. He is eloquent and forceful without being too in-your-face. He does come off as a little arrogant at times, but I think anyone who is convinced that their radical (and under-represented) opinion is correct would do the same.

    Ultimately, he takes thoughts and ideas that I have vaguely floating around in my head and organizes them elegantly into strong arguments. His treatment of the subject is a little diffuse: he starts out on a quest to define hatred and never really arrives at a concrete definition, but the journey is fascinating nonetheless.

    It normally bothers me quite a bit when an author offers all critique without any sort of feasible solutions, but here it seems appropriate -- Jensen honestly doesn't think there is hope for our civilization, and for him, the faster we help destroy it, the better.

    I look forward to reading the two Endgame volumes (Endgame, Vol. 1: The Problem of Civilization and Endgame, Vol. 2: Resistance -- update: see my reviews here and here), hopefully for more ideas on what I can do to help. But I'm going to take a Jensen-free sabbatical for a couple weeks at least, until I can build up enough optimism to have it once more rudely ripped away (in a good way more or less).

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  4. Samuel says:

    This is an extremely difficult book to read. It is an academic critique of human civilization. It begins by trying to define a hate group, and moves on to show how our government would have to be included in any adequate definition. That's the beginning. The rest of the book is a litany of stories which come together to make the extremely strong case that our entire civilization is founded upon violence, hatred, and destruction. The problems with civilization, to Jensen, are not solvable through programmatic changes and reforms because the problems are a part of the fabric of civilization itself. He, therefore, argues that we should get rid of civilization. As to whether I agree or disagree with his point of view, I'm not sure. He's been called a terrorist (he advocates the blowing up of dams and the undertaking of other activities to destabilize and bring down civilization), and I wouldn't be at all surprised if he were declared an enemy combatant at some point in the future. But his arguments seem to be on sound footing. They certainly can't be dismissed out of hand. Right or wrong, I think his ideas are worth discussion.

  5. Aaron says:

    This book left me sad and hopeful and rethinking everything I thought I knew about Western culture.
    And I consider myself a tremendous skeptic, especially about this country we call America.
    But Jensen interweaves economics, religion, history, media (just to name a few) and shows why the way we live now - as civilized Americans, or Westerners - is, not to put too fine a point on it, destructive.
    Destructive to our humanity. Destructive to other cultures and races and people. Destructive to the planet.
    I think the main thing Jensen, whose research is amazing and who writes movingly and absorbingly, has accomplished here is not simply to point out destructive periods in American (and/or Western) history but to convincingly show that this destructiveness extends from a system - a rational, though manifestly stupid and immoral - system ruled by people who value economics and efficiency and power and utilitarian goals and objects and consumption - who value civilization as we know it and have experienced it thus far - above the natural world and the animals and plants and trees in it, above human beings, above subjectiveness, above the particular.
    This system and its rulers (not to mention some of its subjects who, though they are slaves to the system, also benefit just enough from it not to go around questioning it) value these things at all costs. They're not giving it up. They're not giving it a second thought. In fact, they'll kill to defend it.
    The first thing Jensen suggests we who are willing do is to speak out about it. If, as he writes, the first rule of the dysfunctional family is Don't talk about it, then the first rule of stopping the destruction is Do. Do talk about it. Don't let assumptions go unquestioned. Then, once you've started talking, start acting.
    I will speak and act and think and perceive differently because of this book. Unforgettable.

  6. Bobby says:

    Very interesting and eye opening. Imperialism isn't dead it just goes by a different name. This book may have made me an anarchist

  7. Curtis says:

    It is somewhat ironic that I finished reading this book a couple days ago in a title company waiting room - waiting patiently to be called back to a more professional looking office where my wife and I would then proceed to sign and initial a stack of paperwork so thick that the title company's custom manilla folder could barely contain it. Through this exercise of initials and signatures I further ensnared myself into the intricate web of money, credit, mortgages, property ownership, etc. that hangs thick and heavy over every aspect of being a worthwhile human being and a contributing member of society. It was smiles and handshakes all around after the closing process was complete and I received the keys to my new home. My mind was elsewhere though - still conversing internally with the words on the pages of this book. I don't even really know where to begin with why I loved this book so much, but I feel as if it is a part of me now, and in a world where I continue to feel more and more alienated by my concerns, ideas, and philosophies about life and what ought to be in this world, it is comforting to know that I am not alone, and that there are other sane human beings out there that are genuinely trying to be more than tiny cogs in the profit generating machine that will eventually disfigure this planet into a place that is no longer capable of sustaining any sort of beautiful life.

  8. Libby says:

    Someone suggested I read this book about three years ago, but I have to say I probably wasn't ready for it until this year. It was amazing, well-written, seriously challenged my view of the status quo and my place in it and reopened my curiosity about truth and how we come by that. I would suggest reading A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn first, because if the average person ran right into this book I don't think they'd be prepared to accept it. An overview of US and general human abuses of other humans and the land we share is a must first. I am going to read the rest of Derrick Jensen's books now.

  9. Mary Slowik says:

    Down with the patriarchy! Down with the matriarchy! Down with... well, whaddya got?

    So much of this is brilliantly written, and there's so much that I agree with that I was certain I would end up rating it five stars, end of story. It begins as a study of hatred, as it relates to slavery, lynching, holocausts, extinctions and other atrocities. Eventually the core thesis emerges: our acquisitive, consumptive-destructive civilization is the problem, along with our refusal to even acknowledge the crimes that it leads to. There's a biblical allusion he revisits repeatedly, that of Noah cursing his son Ham for looking upon Noah's nakedness, when his other two sons shuffled backwards, didn't look, and covered their drunken father up. Nothing to see here! Many of the chapters revolve around conversations he had with other intellectuals, which reminded me, in a positive way, of Richard Linklater's movie Waking Life.

    So, what's my problem? Well my interest was stretched a little thin during some of the later chapters, like the one devoted to the Bhopal disaster. It seemed as though he'd already made his point but had to pile on more evidence. There's only so much preaching to the choir I can take. This relates to the other unfortunate, inevitable aspect which isn't Derrick Jensen's fault at all: most of the people who read this will already be on his side. The people who need to read it probably won't, and those who do will likely hold to their misplaced faith in civilization, due to something tragic known as sticky theory: when confronted with evidence to the contrary, humans tend to cling even more tightly to whatever bullshit they believed in the first place.

    My other reaction has more to do with the conclusion Jensen reaches, and the necessary balancing act it requires through the whole book. Despite all the cited examples of human atrocities, he still exhibits a desire to 'save' the human race, mostly by a return to anarchy, by the destruction of modern science and technology, by the cessation of international trade, et cetera. He also reflects a deep consideration for non-human persons: meaning animals, and even trees. Other life-forms. The problem is, he doesn't seem to realize, let alone consider, the moral dimension inherent in the choice to continue as a species. Forget about the curse that is consciousness (parent of all horrors, to borrow Thomas Ligotti's phrase), if we looked at it from a purely environmentalist perspective, nothing could be better for the global ecosystem than our voluntary extinction. This speaks to the double-think, also known as hypocrisy, which I find in most animal-rights vegans or environmentalists. They want to reduce their carbon footprint, want to reduce or eliminate the suffering of other animals, and yet most think it's perfectly alright to produce a descendant or several, who'll likely produce still more descendants-- the tip of a carbon iceberg. How do you know your grandchildren won't be raging carnivores, hunters, slaughterhouse workers? Why not prevent all that consumption and destruction altogether, as well as the useless suffering and inevitable deaths those human beings will have to anticipate and endure? Think about it.

    In other news, how much of an asshole is Madeleine Albright? There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women. Quoted in this book, paraphrased: 500,000 Iraqi children killed by our sanctions? We think the price is worth it... Paraphrased: Yes, I killed a Serbian drifter in 1992, but so what? He had it coming. Okay, one of those might not be true, but I'm not saying which.

  10. Ushan says:

    Derrick Jensen teaches creative writing in a maximum-security prison, and supplements his income by writing 700-page tomes filled with rants about the evils of industrial capitalism, which breeds hatred, oppression, materialism and environmental destruction. Of course it was the capitalists who built Kombinat Mayak, and it was the capitalists who set up a factory producing handbags and gloves from the skin of the Yangtze River dolphin during the Great Leap Forward. I don't want to believe that all environmentalists are ignorant ideologues, which is why I checked out this book from the library, yet I also don't want to read a book if I only have an entomologist's interest in its author, which is why I didn't finish it.