E.F. Schumacher and His Legacy for the 21st Century
Edited By Hendrik Opdebeeck
Barbara Wood-Schumacher Preface
If a prediction comes true, one says it is a success but if a prophesy is fulfilled it is considered as a failure. This is because prophets are there to warn us to change our ways in order to avert disaster. Many people have said that my father’s voice was prophetic. However, what he warned us of has come about. Does this mean he was a failure? You would not expect me to answer yes to this question. And I don’t because as long as some people are still listening his voice is still being heard and there is hope. There is no doubt that many still hear his voice in Small is Beautiful. Unfortunately few look to A Guide for the Perplexed. The role of the prophet is first to read the signs of the times, to look at what is going on and see where it is leading. My father was not born with that ability. He had to learn how to read the signs of the times and how to interpret them correctly. This meant learn- ing to see reality in all its fullness. Small is Beautiful and A Guide for the Perplexed belong together because in dif ferent ways they present us with that reality in its fullness: material and spiritual. What I want to do in this preface is to look at a few key times in his life which gave him a new perspective on reality and made it possible for him to develop...
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