Ria was born innately Earth connected, hearing and heeding Her call for healing Her pain, Finally finding her calling midlife, Ria stewards Cascadian forests with full heart, mind and body. But when her brother was murdered she turned to Earth to heal her distress. Now with the murder trial approaching, she’s back in the modern world rehashing it all, lost. Her son Bryan, a hippie world backpacker celebrating life with people in nature, finds his mom lost, paralyzed in grief. He whisks her away to Kauai to escape her worries. Wanting to savor it all, Ria logs reflections of their ‘paradise’ escapades, rediscovering her former dialectical philosophical self. This free form witty critique ensues, not only speaking to the notion of ‘paradise’ but exploring the complexion of a culture lost, trapped in its own unhelpful ways, probing potentiality of a path forward, or backward. In this Age of Anthropocene Earth just entered these are the banished thoughts and feelings of an increasing number, and perhaps the subconscious thoughts and feelings of the rest. This reflection just might be requisite critical thinking of a renewed humanity rising. With today’s real life dystopian rampant gun killings, climate change, etc., this creative collection written in ‘paradise’ before Ria’s brother's murder trial reflects a human culture rising, longing to explore hard topics of personal and world adversities, seeking hope. Seeing and expressing grief and coping with trauma are somehow pulled off with a light enough heart and straightforward enough tone that her words are not only easily digestible but healing. Ria’s personal saga plays out in the context of human and Earth’s saga. Through her philosophical critiques she identifies a distinctive niche. Within steadily growing vegan, ecofeminist, anarchist and primitivist cultures is a subculture located where the four overlap. While Hippie Paradise appeals to anyone interested in the four groups, it may be most appealing to folks at this intersection. This juncture is filled with largely undiscussed controversies in need of airing. For example, dominant thought and practice in primitivism (e.g. ‘circle of life’, hunting, etc.) is contrary to veganism. Is there space to build a philosophical foundation for vegan primitivists? This work exposes some of these inter-subculture conflicts through dialectic questions and thought experiments, serving as a beginning to that conversation. In their escape to paradise this dynamic duo sparks a necessary new discourse in fun yet somber conversation during counter-culture frolic. This creative poetry and prose medley is a sounding of the Anthropocene’s clarion call.
This is interesting to me, because I think veganism and true feminism (rather than some warped version where we expect women to be like men instead of honoring the divine feminine equally to the masculine) are compatible with ecological concerns and returning to the earth. ..while earlier primitives relied on the occasional meat for sustainance, they still ate less meat than Western people after the year 1900..before that, Western people actually ate things like beans, eggs, cheese, potatoes and cereals more than meat...the idea of the Sunday dinner manifests from the idea that meat was a feast food, not part of a daily diet necessarily. ..with hunter/gatherers, it was different yet similar, because although agricultural practices didn't exist, it was far easier to gather nuts, berries and seeds, as well as leaves and tubers, than to make a kill. I know that the Tongva people in Southern California actually relied heavily on a mashed nut protein, for example...
In the 21st century, we are so out of balance though, yet technologically advanced, veganism could be compatible with a more homesteading type of lifestyle. ..the new heaven and new earth may combine returning to a more natural state, yet matching it with our greater knowledge.
I find the language in the OP a bit hard to read though, tbh, so I'm not sure how much I would enjoy the book. I'll give it a look.
There have been quite a number of books addressing the vegan/feminist connection by authors such as Riane Eisler, Brenda Peterson, Linda Hogan, Alice Walker and Susan Griffin. Carol J. Adams penned a number of books beginning with "The Sexual Politics of Meat" in 1990.