Apology to a Whale: Words to Mend a World
Paperback, 224 pages
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Human beings are killing the planet and themselves in the process. Cecile Pineda asks a simple question: Why? An urgent re-framing of current ecological thinking, Apology to a Whale addresses what the intersection of relative linguistics and archeology reveals about the present world's power relations, and what the extraordinary communication of plants and animals can teach us. Apology to a Whale is a wild ride on the frontiers of archeo-linguistics in search of the greatest killer on Earth.
Apology to a Whale points to root causes underlying human alienation from the natural world. Until this separation is brought into historical perspective, efforts to counteract the advancing dangers of global warming will remain partial and unorganized at best.
Pineda shines a light on questions that may easily escape our understanding, living as we do inside the belly of a culture that enshrines war, hierarchy, patriarchy, whiteness, male supremacy, and gods who, despite constant evocation somehow remain coy about descending from above — and who speaks a language derived from proto-Indo-European.
Why are the world's political powers aligned as they are? What other power arrangements may exist on earth, including those in other times and places? What can we learn from these other worlds to help us end the violence done daily to all living things on earth?
Pineda probes the fault lines where cultures and where disciplines meet as fertile hunting grounds for throwing light on who we are and what has led us here. Tracing the intersections between anthropology and archeology, between linguistics, natural history and gender studies, Apology to a Whale dares to raise these issues while suggesting new ways of thinking and feeling about them.
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- If the first step toward cure is proper diagnosis, with her powerful Apology to a Whale, Cecile Pineda moves us much closer to finding the cure for a culture that is killing the planet.
— Derrick Jensen, author of Earth at Risk: Building a Resistance Movement to Save the Planet
- Unfolding like an ancient book of days, Apology to a Whale contains the insight of a naturalist and the spellbinding stories of a sage, on a journey into the lost language of our times. Few writers have the ability to make us see the world in such a different way; to challenge readers to consider the still small possibility of restorative justice for our planet. Apology to a Whale is a literary treasure, a rare book to revisit again and again.
— Jeff Biggers, author of Damnatio Memoriae and Reckoning at Eagle Creek
- Cecile Pineda has the nerve to ask the one simple question that eludes our public posturing and computations. It is the one question that could save us: What has happened to our mind that we are killing our world? What is it, at the root of our culture, that sets us against the rest of creation? The genius of this book is that the question supersedes the answers and takes us on explorations where we make our own discoveries. These widening apprehensions pierce us with heartache for what we have lost, yet invite us to examine the imprisoning structures of the very language we use. Pineda has the rare capacity to address the big questions without falling into abstractions or sermonizing. It is the artist in her that I trust, that utters so potent a call to personal and collective liberation.
— Joanna Macy, author Coming Back to Life
- In her wonderful Apology to a Whale, Pineda calls on us to recognize that our view of nature as a resource for our convenience and profit is killing the planet. She calls on us to build our lives and our laws around the need to revere and protect the living earth and all its creatures — especially the whales.
— Maude Barlow, author of Blue Future, Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever
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