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Well into his eighties, Arne Naess, known as "the father of Deep Ecology," still carried his own firewood and water to a simple stone cabin that he built himself above the treeline near the Arctic Circle in Norway. This, he insisted, is a fabulously rich way of life. "Our notion of richness must not be equivalent to the number of material things and dollars we possess," he says. "It's quality. Which needs are not satisfied? None. And isn't that richness, to satisfy one's needs? Yes." He describes the joys of this lifestyle, his moving memories of WWII and mountain climbing expeditions, how he was influenced by Gandhi, the challenges of aging, lessons from trees, and more. This is a rare visit with an extraordinary elder. (hosted by Michael Toms)
Naess was a professor of philosophy at the University of Oslo, leader of environmental civil disobedience, and a prominent mountain climber who once scaled his office building as a practical joke.
He wrote extensively, and is the author of:
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 10/1/1998 Program Number: 2725
From Album: Solstice Artist: Erik Wøllo 1994 Eurock Records #ECD 2010 Track - Solstice I
From Album: Wisdom Tree Artist: William Eaton 1992 Canyon Records #CR-7009 Track - Beginnings
From Album: Music Mantras 1 & 2 Artist: Johannes Walter Higher Octave #HOMCD 7090 Track - Relaxation
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