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Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World [Hardcover]

H.R.H. Prince of Wales , Tony Juniper , Ian Skelly
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14 Oct 2010

A practical guide to what we have lost in the modern world, why we have lost it and how easily it is to rediscover. Harmony is a blueprint for a more balanced, sustainable world that the human race must create to survive.

For more than 30 years His Royal Highness Prince Charles The Prince of Wales has been at the forefront of a growing ecological movement. Originally treated with scepticism, many of his ideas are now widely accepted and gaining increasing impact and influence. His work has sought to meet a huge range of modern challenges, from urbanisation to deforestation. In every case, however, the philosophy that is the foundation of his work has always been the same, but has always been unspoken, until now.

For the first time, Prince Charles, with the help of his two leading advisors, has brought together his vast knowledge and experience to set out this philosophy - a philosophy that is as robust as it is practical.

In Harmony, Prince Charles looks at different aspects of our modern world to demonstrate how many of the challenges seen in areas as diverse as architecture, farming and medicine can be traced to how we have abandoned a classical sense of balance and proportion. From the rice farms of India to America's corn belt, Harmony spans the globe, dissecting the specific practices of modern life that have put us at odds with the world and showing how this imbalance manifests itself throughout our lives.

Harmony shows how the imbalance that has emerged is at heart of a crisis which now threatens our very civilisation. It tells the story of how our disconnection from Nature has contributed to the greatest crisis in the history of mankind and how seeking balance in our actions will return us to a more considered, secure, comfortable and cleaner world.

Drawing on his own practical experience, Prince Charles charts how changes to how we look at the world could lead us toward a better future. He describes how knowledge and perspectives now largely lost could help us meet very modern challenges, including in the built environment, engineering, medicine and farming.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Door; First Edition edition (14 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007348037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007348039
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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HRH Prince Charles is first in line to the throne. His wide range of interests is reflected in 'The Prince's Charities', 20 not-for-profit organisations of which he is President. The organisations are active across areas including opportunity and enterprise, education, health and the built and natural environments. The Prince's concerns about developments in these fields have been elaborated in many speeches and articles but Harmony is the first time his philosophy has been explained.

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‘An important book…By promoting the idea of a revolution in consciousness as the remedy for contemporary ills the prince shows he is a modern man.’ THE INDEPENDENT

‘A bold and courageous book.’ THE TELEGRAPH

‘The breadth is panoramic… The book has an engaging candour, inviting the reader into a one-on-one conversation…Harmony reacquaints us with a sense of our collective spirit.’ THE ECOLOGIST

‘A remarkable fusion of philosophy, ecology, theology, artistry, biology and cosmology’ SUNDAY TASMANIAN

About the Author

HRH Prince Charles is first in line to the throne. His wide range of interests is reflected in 'The Prince's Charities', 20 not-for-profit organisations of which he is President. The organisations are active across areas including opportunity and enterprise, education, health and the built and natural environments. The Prince's concerns about developments in these fields have been elaborated in many speeches and articles but Harmony is the first time his philosophy has been explained.
TONY JUNIPER is an environmental campaigner and the Green Party's General Election candidate for Cambridge. His career highlights include five years as Executive Director of Friends of the Earth. He now works as an independent sustainability and environment adviser. He is the author of several bestselling books, including Saving Planet Earth (2007).
IAN SKELLY is a much-loved BBC Radio 3 presenter with a passion for music and the arts. Before working at the BBC, he was an award-winning travel writer for The Observer. He is also a published writer on the arts.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightened 30 May 2011
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I was astonished by this book. I was astonished by the HRH that wrote it. It has put my view of the man on an entirely different level, and happy I will be to have such a King.

The depth of learning on which his words are based is extraordinary, and I know this because he follows quite uncannilly my own. He brings up many issues I have, quotes the exact verses I have, and tries to help move us forward in ways I haven't yet got to grips with.

I know his basis in philosophy will make a lot wince, but I know what he says is true; it is the very path I started along myself. Since we appear to have walked the same road and come to the same conclusions, there must be something born of right thought in it.

His explanation of the lost ecological essence of the major religions is remarkable to me since I have struggled with the paradox of how far religion has moved away from our Source, the Earth. It is indeed this fracture that has made us believe we are masters of the planet. Man cannot create one blade of grass! We are made up of the rocks and minerals, the air, water, and bacteria of this planet - we are part of it, and it is all of us. We do not exist without it, we are One.

He has done a very remarkable and brave job of pulling the threads together. I agree entirely that we must control ourselves - our population size - or we will go beyond the Earth's willingness to sustain us. This is critical; solving our insane lack of selfcontrol, and sealing the rift between knowledge and knowing, selfishness and community, human and all else, is vital.

Science is a mode of enquiry and it has given us much, but it is only that. There is much that we do not know, much that we never will. We are viewing the world through a letterbox and it's about time we got a much wider holistic outlook whilst there is still beauty to be dreamed.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Charles, Prince of Wales puts into very inspiring yet understandable words a highly complex relationship and congruence between nature, art, science, environment and spirituality. This is an exceedingly easy to follow book and an exceedingly beautifully read audiobook by Prince Charles. Many people prejudiced about monarchy will in the future acknowledge this ground breaking work. HRH quotes with equal ease Theodore Alexander, Pythagoras and Lao Tzu - at the same time showing the similarity of a Stradivarius violin with the essential geometry of nature.
An often misunderstood pioneer of alternative thought, organic farming and human scale architecture, he makes his points with unassuming surety. Anybody but the most truculent doubter will surely see the relationship and custodianship we have with nature and our own spirituality explained in this MUST listen-to audiobook.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent contribution to our world 2 May 2011
The title is apt; the message of the book is that we need to learn to live in harmony with our planet and not fight against it.
The book is more than a mere plea for sustainability. There are excellent photographs on almost every page, each with an extended caption explaining its significance. There is much relevant information about the state of the world, most of which was new to me, and of projects doing something about the many problems we face. There is also a helpful analysis of how we got to where we are, century by century, including an attempt to grapple with the underlying philosophical ideas, all in layman's language.
This is not an ivory tower rant: Prince Charles has been active for many years in the areas he writes about. He himself started eighteen of the twenty charities of which he is patron.
As a comitted Christian, I find his "All faiths have value" stance difficult, but despite that, this book is brilliant. It makes a good birthday present, as it is not too expensive in hardback.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody should read this book. 11 Mar 2011
This is a very well written book covering the whole area of problems that we face as humans on our fragile planet. It covers the history of how we got to where we are and why we think like we do, but also dares to suggest that we should take note of where we went wrong, which was mainly divorcing ourselves from nature and living in discord with it instead of in harmony.

The breadth is amazing covering philosophy, art, ecology, agriculture, architecture, global warming, education, economics, health, spirituality the list goes on, but the main theme is that you can't divorce one from the other. Life is a system in which they're all interrelated.

The other point it makes is although science has raised our standard of living considerably over the last four hundred years, we must remember that it always proves itself wrong as it progresses. Nature on the other hand has had nearly fourteen billion years to get it right.

Another thing I love about this book is that it challenges our need for constant economic growth and more and more material things, happiness isn't measured by how much we possess. What we need is empathy for other humans, animals and nature itself, foresight for what a beautiful planet we could have and an awareness of where we are going wrong. It also offers many pointers on how to achieve these things.

The Prince is obviously a deeply spiritual man (and I don't mean religious) and comes from a world centric perspective. If only there were more public figures like him.

The book begins with a call for a revolution! Well I for one speak the same language and when there is enough of us we'll have a wonderful planet to hand down to our children and grand children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent and well written book
An intelligent and well written book. He realised the implications of the way we live before eco friendly economics became popular. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CarolM
2.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity!
HRH's motive are worthy, and it is difficult to fault many of the charitable works, etc. he is involved with. Poundbury is another matter, of course! Read more
Published 4 months ago by David T. Lesser
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Well written and well researched. A very interesting book that should be widely read and noted. I have recommended it to many.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World
A liitle insight into the world of H.R.H.Prince of Wales, and great to read about important matters that should regard all of us.
Published 11 months ago by Florin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I have seen this book before and wanted to get a copy without having to pay £25. This one is perfect for me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars cover damaged
the book arrived promptly but the cover was damaged - it had red lipstick or pencil on it and was scuffed
Published 12 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars True wisdom
Such knowledge and wisdom, soulful. Prince Charles is a true monarch who portrays the true symbolism of monarchy. Wonderful book.
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