Harmony is a theme of both the Skidelskys book How Much is Enough and the Tim Infold video Sustainability of Everything.

Tim Ingold reminds us that harmony is a Greek word/concept which contains tension as well ease.  He cites the rope as an example of this where the strands which make up the rope are twined one way and then the rope is twined the other way.  It’s the tension between the two which holds it ‘in harmony’.

Harmony with nature is one of the basic goods in the Skidelsky book. They cite gardens and gardening as a good example of this – where we have to work with nature to get what we want.   In this scenario they problematise a philosophical approach which removes people from the eco-picture.

They would love the example Tim Ingold gives of the Japanese  cycle of growing trees to build houses.  After thirty years, carefully tended trees were chopped down to  build a house which lasted  for another  thirty  years. Meanwhile new trees were planted.  In this way, every generation learned how to build a house and tend the trees.  Conservationists vetoed this pattern because it was killing the trees, and dictated that houses should be built of concrete.   So trees were left to die rather than having a  ‘second life’ of providing shelter.

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