April's Book of the Month


April's Book of the Month

Taming the Tiger by Witold Rybczyski is our second book by this author that we are reading or have read. While it is an older book, it is a great lesson in how so much of our history is rinse and repeat. We are not wise unto our own demises and the story with subtle changes continues to recirculate. It is an amazing idea that even with our all advances, we are doomed to repeat many of the same mistakes. This book takes a look at how technology changes and influences our day to day lives and how even in this day and age, just as long ago, there are people who would choose to reduce us as a civilization back to a time "before". Before computers, before social media, before the internet, before "smart" house and cars etc. But, the question is one that we continue to have to answer, can you put the genie back in the bottle once it's been released and if possible, what is the cost and secondly, would we want to? Though this book was from 1983(yes, I got it at a used book sale), it is amazingly apropos to today. We are dealing with the same questions both in society as a whole and in our own families. I've gained some great insights from this book and it's brought a lot of wonderful discussions up for me and the big kids. Here's one of my favorite quotes from this book, but there are so many to choose from!


"This is not to suggest in any way that a return to supposedly happier, pretechnological times is possible, even if it were desirable. Rather, we are discovering that there are more ways of using machines than we had previously imagined, and that control of the machine resides, finally, in ourselves. It is we who have put machines on pedestals and now we complain that they seem to rule. Perhaps it is time to take them down." - Witold Rybczynski Taming the Tiger The Struggle to Control Technology


**The above blanket was the first one I ever crocheted!


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