By Helena Norberg Hodge

Ladakh, or 'Little Tibet', is a wildly appealing wilderness wind up within the Western Himalayas. it's a position of few assets and an severe weather. but for greater than 1000 years, it's been domestic to a thriving tradition. Traditions of frugality and cooperation, coupled with an intimate and location-specific wisdom of our environment, enabled the Ladakhis not just to outlive, yet to prosper. every person had adequate to devour; households and groups have been powerful; the prestige of ladies was once excessive. Then got here 'development'. Now within the smooth area one reveals pollutants and divisiveness, inflation and unemployment, intolerance and greed. Centuries of ecological stability and social concord are less than probability from pressures of Western consumerism.

Ancient Futures is even more than a booklet approximately Ladakh. Passionately argued, it increases vital questions on the complete proposal of growth, and explores the basis motives of the malaise of business society. even as, the tale of Ladakh serves as a resource of thought for our personal destiny. It indicates us that differently is feasible, and issues to a few of the 1st steps in the direction of kinder, gentler styles of living.

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