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Alex Steffen, 6 May 05

So, ally John Thackara, in his new book In The Bubble(which I will be reviewing shortly), quotes a pamphlet called BoloBolo. It seems to have sunk beneath the surface of the Net without a trace, so I can't tell you anything more about the book than that, but I really love this quote:

Too many visions of the future stink of renunciation, moralism, new labors, toilsome rethinking, modesty and self-limitation. Of course there are limits, but why should they be limits on pleasure and adventure? Why do most alternativists only talk about new responsibilities and almost never about new possibilities? Why be modest in the face of impending catastrophe?"

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This seems like a likely candidate.

Posted by: Jon on 6 May 05

This looks like most of it. It was a book (small size) of about, I dunno, 100 pages or so with some drawings. It was distributed by Autonomedia or someone in the 80s. I bought a copy of it at Left Bank Books in Seattle aroung 1990.

I'm in Seattle and have a copy of it if you'd like to see it. It's fairly interesting, if a little dated.

Posted by: Al Billings on 6 May 05

This is an almost complete non sequitur in relation to the original post, but it appears that the author of the pamphlet also created a board game based on the ideas expressed therein.

Here's a review of it:

Here's a picture:

Posted by: Jon on 6 May 05

The Bolo Bolo website is here

and the English translation is here:

Posted by: James Hughes on 6 May 05

Great quote!

Posted by: Joseph Willemssen on 6 May 05

There's no reason to be modest in the face of problems, if "modest" means a timid imagination. But there's good reason always to be *reverent*. "Reverence" is the opposite of "hubris." I mean this in the same way that "self-respect" can be different than "ego." Hubris prevents learning; reverence encourages it. Self respect raises your standards; ego lowers them.

Posted by: David Foley on 8 May 05



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