Mordor is at the Door: Our Burning Modern Shire
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Our Earth is in peril.
The continued survival of our own species is in question. Do today’s crises worry you? Do you really know the extent of what’s really happening around you? Or have you, like many, been afraid to examine these things too closely. Even if you knew what was wrong, would you be able to affect real change on such immense problems? Are you living like a Hobbit in the burning Shire? Is Saruman polluting your neighborhood? your city? your nation? Were you once a comfortable, respectable Hobbit only to be rudely awakened by orcs and evil wizards in your doorway? Will you ignore the portents of doom? Or are you brave enough to stare the Ringwraiths, dragons, orcs, Saurmans and Saurons of our planet in the eye, and fight back?
In Mordor is at the Door: Our Modern Burning Shire, part I of Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth, Steve Bivans examines the problems facing mankind and our planet today through the lens of Tolkien’s world and the War of the Ring. The similarities are all around you, and the struggle is indeed very real. Middle Earth faced destruction at the hands of Sauron and Saruman; our world is under attack from the metaphorical Two Towers: Ignorance & Fear, and Poverty & Greed. Saruman-ic, Corporate Capitalism threatens to control and poison our agriculture, education systems, governments, and our common property–both real and cultural. Worst of all, our sense of humanity and hospitality is being sapped and despoiled. If left to continue unabated, the modern Saurons and Sarumans will devour the basic resources essential to our survival: the water, soil, and the very air we breathe. Steve argues that we are living in Saruman’s smoking Shire and that just like Frodo and company, we can no longer rely on Gandalf, Gimli, and Legolas to bail us out; we modern Hobbits must do it ourselves.
Mordor is at the Door is not for the feint of heart, the weak-willed, the willfully ignorant, or the oblivious. The problems we face are serious and they are not a fantasy, or a game. Far from it. This is a real War of the Ring, and the stakes are as high as they can be: our survival as a species. If we lose, we lose it all; like the millions of failed species before, we’ll become dusty, fossil footnotes preserved in the crust of our ancient planet. If we win, we will create a world worth fighting for. But don’t despair like Denethor. Parts II, III, and IV will give you a road map to Mordor and back again, and show you how destroy your evil ‘Ring’, how to ‘Be’ a Hobbit, transform your existing home into a sustainable Hobbit-hole, and how to clean up your Shire, your neighborhood, your city, and your nation. Are you in? Will you Be a Hobbit, and Save the Earth?