Return to Eden:
Designing a Society, Designing a Life


by Eric Armstrong


Doubtless we all have a utopian vision of some kind. It may be personal -- a vison of the life we would like to lead. Or it may be social -- a vision of how we could live together in peace and harmony.

In reality, both these visions interact. The kind of life we lead is directly impacted by the society we live in. The way we choose to live also impacts society, but society tends to limit our choices in ways that are much more concrete than any impact we can have on society.

The one exception is education. When the vision of the life we want to lead includes teaching (and learning!) then the impact we can have on society becomes very large. As teachers, we can make a significant contribution to the world. As students, we can make that contribution effective by choosing to use it in our own lives.

My personal goal is to teach people how to lead happier, healthier lives. I've been trying to learn how to do that for most of life. This collection of essays is an effort to share with others some of things I have learned, discovered, or been inspired to conceive.



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