Feasible Living

Dealing with Ecological Anxiety While Adapting to Our Changing World

Non-Fiction - Environment
314 Pages
Reviewed on 12/06/2019
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Reviewed by Joel R. Dennstedt for Readers' Favorite

Although it would be somewhat misleading to designate Ken Kroes’ massively inclusive work Feasible Living as a manual for healthy contemporary living, I’m not sure that would be so far off the mark. The central topic serving as a focal point for this wide-ranging, comprehensive look at life and society today is a rather new but prevalent psychological condition: Ecological Anxiety. Contrary to the highly urgent, often alarmist messages being bandied about at large, Mr. Kroes offers his readers an incredibly reasonable look at our current and evolving ecological state of being, perhaps centering on climate change, but including all the important peripheral elements of current and upcoming societal change. How in the world he manages to deliver such alarming news and prognostications without sounding alarmist or extreme is beyond me. But he does, and he delivers his cautionary views calmly, deliberately, and in a manner that makes one simply want to help.

In Feasible Living, Ken Kroes offers up a work organized like an almanac. The effect is scholarly, accessible, and practical, urging one to place it prominently on a resource shelf for easy reference. Already comprehensive in its breadth, this work is also brim-filled with excellent reference sites for further in-depth investigation. Of particular interest and importance, one section surveying The Online Neighborhood, as especially impactful to the very young, is provocative, cogent, and exquisitely timely. All parents would be well served to implement the guiding principles discussed here. Everyone will benefit from the many suggestions provided throughout for feasible living – today, and into our near future.