About the Author
Author biographies are generally provided so that prospective readers can assess the qualifications of writers to address specific subjects—but what qualifies someone to address reality and sustainability?
From an orthodox perspective, there is little to suggest that Jeb Taylor would be such an individual. However, orthodox perspectives are proving to be extremely unreliable, so it is time to consider alternatives.
At a very young age Jeb recognized the unsustainable nature of modern technology and began to reject the status quo.
This rejection manifested itself in unusual ways, including Jeb attempting to stow away on an ocean liner to Australia when he was 14, spending a winter alone in the Alaskan wilderness learning aboriginal survival skills when he was 18, and canoeing down the Yukon River to learn additional survival skills from Athabascan Indians when he was 19. These efforts were expended because Jeb was convinced that the only way to achieve sustainability was to forego modern technology and revert back to more primitive survival strategies.
Following this direction, Jeb spent much of his time in wilderness settings learning how to live off the land, relying on hunting, fishing, trapping, harvesting wild plants, and gardening to provide for his needs. One location, a cave that served as Jeb’s home while leading a stone tool existence was later discovered and reported on as a potentially important aboriginal site in an archaeological journal.
Jeb eventually realized that modern technology was not to blame for civilization’s problems—it was its wanton misuse. Once that realization was made, he began to devote much of his time to unraveling the complex relationship between delusion and awareness and how they affect human behavior.
It is absolutely essential that we establish sustainability—but sustainability can only be achieved if we adopt more responsible behavior—and responsible behavior can only be adopted if we raise our awareness. Unfortunately, there is tremendous ideological resistance to the raising of awareness. Jeb wrote Embracing Reality - A Directive for Achieving Sustainability in an attempt to counter this resistance.
It might seem unlikely that an individual who has lived most of his live on the outer edges of civilization would be qualified to address issues such as these. However, the periphery of civilization is an actually and ideal location to objectively evaluate the dynamics between sustainability and human behavior. Consequently, Jeb‘s unorthodox background has enabled him to assess these issues more clearly than others who have been intimately engaged in civil activities throughout their lives—Individuals who cannot see the forest for the trees.