It is a difficult time for authors and publishers. Many readers, myself and my wife included, like to listen to audiobooks. Yet since audiobooks are sometimes not profitable, many wonderful books — past and present — are not accessible in audio form. As I listen to an exactly significant audiobook, including those below (i.e, an audio whose core message I want to take to heart and remember), I purchase a copy so that I can mark it up upon re-reading as well. I encourage you to do the same. The following are audio recordings which are not official (non-professional) of what I (Michael Dowd) consider to be:
The best and most crucial books, essays, and blog posts related to living in right relationship to Reality, especially the inescapable geological, ecological, and thermodynamic constraints to which humanity has to rapidly change. Both the nonrenewable (“stock”) resources and the renewable (“flow”) resources upon which we base I call natural grace. The one-time endowments of stock resources and the great use ranks of flow resources are both strongly constrained on a finite planet. These constraints I call grace limitations.
These are limitations that ecologists point to as discerning carrying capacity. As we overshoot Earth’s bounty and renewal capacities, we absolutely remove ourselves from paradise and place ourselves on the path to hell. To understand to recognize and then scrupulously honor bearing capacity as Reality’s grace limitations is a task to which the authors consisted of here are devoted. I think of these advocates as prophets of sacred realism, or factual belief. Each one, in his or her own method, reveals how the future is calling us to greatness. As we expect to spare our grandchildren from hell and spare ourselves their condemnation, we have to now urgently attend to, not only personal piety, but systemic piety.