April 20, 2010

The Whole Damn Thing

The holistic hippie handbook -- The Whole Earth Catalog -- was the go-to guide for anyone looking to make themselves and their surroundings better. Published from 1968-1971, The Whole Earth Catalog became the bible for, a then underground movement on the verge of becoming a political force, the environmentalists.

"We are as gods and might as well get good at it. So far remotely done power and glory - as via government, big business, formal education, church - has succeeded to the point where the gross defects obscure actual gain. In response to this dilemma and to these gains a realm of intimate, person power is developing - power of the individual to conduct his own education, find his own inspiration, shape his own environment, and share his adventure with whoever is interested. Tools that aid this process are sought and promoted by the WHOLE EARTH CATALOG."

They have their entire collection of publications available online to flip through and get lost in. Learn to build a geodesic dome or a tee-pee. Learn which boots are best for your organic garden. Or just read about what life-changing events were unfolding on the far corners of our small world before a few of us were born.