Life Is Not Useful (Paperback)

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Life Is Not Useful By Ailton Krenak, Alex Brostoff (Translator), Jamille Pinheiro Dias (Translator) Cover Image
By Ailton Krenak, Alex Brostoff (Translator), Jamille Pinheiro Dias (Translator)
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This book is my go-to when I start spiraling over climate change and capitalism. For hope & determination without self-delusion, there is no better teacher than Ailton Krenak, an Indigenous leader who has survived decades of colonial oppression in Brazil.

- Murphy

— From Life is Not Useful (Staff Pick)


Indigenous leader and activist Ailton Krenak reminds us that we must awaken from the comatose senselessness we have been immersed in since the beginning of the modern colonial project, where order, progress, development, consumerism, and capitalism have taken over our entire existence, leaving us only very partially alive, and, in fact, almost dead. To awaken from the coma of modernity is, for Krenak, to awaken to the possibility of becoming attuned to "the cosmic sense of life." He points out that the COVID-19 pandemic affects all so-called "human" lives and that the time is ripe for us all to reflect on and undo the exclusivity and distinction that have characterized the concept of humanity throughout Western modernity.

About the Author

Ailton Krenak was born in the Doce River valley region (a territory of the Krenak people) in Brazil, and is an educational and environmental activist. He is a prominent leader in the movement for Indigenous rights.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781509554058
ISBN-10: 150955405X
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication Date: May 16th, 2023
Pages: 96
Language: English