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With a world steeped in materialism environmental destruction and injustice what can one individual possibly do to change it? While the present obstacles we face may seem overwhelming author and humane educator Zoe Weil shows us that change doesn't have to start with an army It starts with you Through her straightforward approaches to living a MOGO or most good life she reveals that the true path to inner peace doesn't reuire a retreat from the world Rather she gives the reader powerful and practicable tools to face these global issues and improve both our planet and our personal lives Weil explores direct ways to become involved with the community make better choices as consumers and develop positive messages to live by showing readers that their simple decisions really can change the world Inspiring and remarkably inclusive of the interconnected challenges we face today Most Good Least Harm is the next step beyond green a radical new way to empower the individual and motivate positive change

10 thoughts on “Most Good Least Harm A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life

  1. says:

    A must read for anyone wishing to live a cleaner greener lifestyle

  2. says:

    I read Most Good Least Harm every couple years It recharges my batteries if you would When I long to make the world a better place it helps me to give myself credit for the things I am already doing and makes it possible to organize where I want to go and how to get there It's an easy read full of real life stories Best of all it doesn't prescribe specific things that you must doit guides you on your journey to determine what's best for your life and your values

  3. says:

    My full review on Elephant Journal

  4. says:

    A book about how to make conscious choices regarding food products work and

  5. says:

    It was very good Must read for anyone worried about what they can do for climate change

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    Most Good Least Harm is a guide to live out your life in this way Its guiding principle is MOGO most good and it means that you live your life by doing what brings the most good to people the environment and animals or anything that you come across It has a lot of information on how you can do the most good by educating you on the products we use the foods we eats etc and listing many resourceswebsites for further reading The book not only tells you how to live MOGO but why which is that it will bring you the most joy

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    “If there is any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do to any fellow human being let me do it now and not deter or neglect it as I shall not pass this way again” — William PennFor the past few days like a lot of people I have felt a deep and profound grief over the senseless deaths of nine beautiful people who were committing the innocent act of attending bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston South Carolina Men and women were shot dead due to the racism and hatred of one person a person who was welcomed into Mother Emanuel with loving grace and kindness I have so much anger at the shooter and so much admiration for the victims’ families and friends for the forgiveness they are showing towards him I truly don’t know if I could do the sameSo I sit here thinking of what a messed up world we live in Detestable hate crimes like what happened in Charleston seems to be never ending and I just want to throw things or curl up into a little ball of sadness anger and cynicism But that wouldn’t be very productive now would it?And so I decided to read Zoe Weil’s book Most Good Least Harm A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life” I’m well aware that reading a book and writing a review will not change what happened in Charleston or heal race relations but at this point I think we can all use some positive vibes and some inspiration on how we can put some good out into a very broken societyZoe Weil is the co founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education She also leads workshops on doing what she calls Most Good MOGO I can’t think of a perfect person to motivate us to examine our values and let these values guide us in the decisions we make and the actions we take to better our worldMost Good Least Harm is divided into three parts Looking Inward Choosing Outward and Getting StartedIn Looking Inward Weil behooves us to take a good look at ourselves and discover our values what do we hold dear in our hearts minds and souls In this part she gives us seven keys to MOGOLive Your Epitaph Pursue Joy Through Service Make Connections and Self Reflect Model Your Message and Work for Change Find and Create Community Take Responsibility Strive for BalanceOnce we figure out our values we learn how to get our values into the world by choosing outward This is our values in tangible action and can include everything from the products and food we buy to the work we do Weil also calls us to action through activism and volunteering and using the tools of democracy to the better of society These could include writing to your senator or congressperson on issues that are important to you This could include donating your money time or skills to local charitable organizations Weil provides a list of 10 principles for a MOGO life which include things like transforming education and investing our money wisely And to make this part of the book for palpable for the reader Weil offers several stories of individuals who took MOGO to heart and are now make positive changes A great by product of living a MOGO life? Doing good feels goodFinally we come to the last part Getting Started We figured out our values We’ve coming up with ways to put these values in action Now what? To jump start implementing MOGO Weil gives us a uestionnaire and action plan She also gives us some food for thought with facts and statistics on various important issues And finally Weil gives us resources to help us further our commitment to MOGO lives These resources include various websites books and organizationsMost Good Least Harm is slim volume but it packs a wallop the type of book you can refer to again and again on how to know your values and then how to put them in action Some people might complain that Weil focuses a bit too much on what she values and how she’s implementing her values to be MOGO but I believe she’s just using her personal story as an example of MOGO not a guide we have to follow or elseUltimately once you read Most Good Least Harm you feel a bit less lost and helpless and a lot empowered In our mixed up messed up world it’s time to MOGOOriginally Published at the Book Self

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    Most Good Least Harm is a guide to living the MOGO principle—making choices that do the “Most Good” for the world around us—including people animals and the environment Don’t be mistaken into thinking you’re in for a joyless screed—what impressed me most about the author was the compassion she had for her readersWeil shares the following uote from Derreck Jensen It is possible to kill a million people without personally shedding a drop of bloodAnd it’s absolutely true In today’s global marketplace it is so simple to snap up a designer handbag made by children in Indian sweatshops or a fur trimmed coat that caused incredible suffering to animals on fur mills in China No one sees the story or even considers it Weil asks us to consider it I’ll stop right here and say how glad I am that Weil included animal welfare and protection in her MOGO principle So many of these types of books focus on human interests only or the environment only; animals are completely ignored—even though their fates are uite clearly tied with ours Some socially conscious folks might even be exposed to animal issues for the first time through this book So I thank the author for thatI also thank her for her realistic viewpoint She acknowledges that some people’s budgets or social situations force them to shop at big box chains While this is obviously not the best situation this is the only choice for some of us—so Weil suggests some other positive steps we can take even if we still have to shop at the big box places At times I felt the author was speaking to me personally Desire is a complicated emotion Rarely do we desire one thing in isolation yet a strong desire can easily eclipse other desires For example you might sincerely want a less polluted environment and a reversal of global warming and you might also want an SUVYes I admit it I want an SUV Technically I don’t NEED an SUV any than I NEED an e reader or a GPS system but that doesn’t stop me from wanting those things either Weil discusses the results of a survey she conducted on the things that bring people joy In the responses to my survey no one told me that a new SUV or a big house brought joy This statement also hit home for me pun intended Whenever I drive through certain neighborhoods with homes much larger than mine I feel jealous I’ve always been especially sensitive about living spaces and it is a huge source of envy in my mind Likewise when I pull into my work parking lot and see how many of my coworkers own newer and nicer vehicles than I do that twinge of envy rears its head There’s a tendency among certain sectors to treat SUVs as if they were the source of all evil in the world and ignore all other vehicles including gas hogging sports cars While Weil’s freuent mentions of SUVs troubled me that she might be on this same bandwagon she pleasantly surprised me when she admitted I understood that my own annual plane trips caused carbon dioxide to be released into the atmosphere than my neighbor’s SUVThank you I’ve noted much of the I hate SUVs crowd is also the I love to travel to exotic locales crowd I personally have never stepped foot on an airplane and sincerely doubt I will any time in the near future So I thank the author for not putting down us weak SUV cravers without first examining her own situation for inconsistency on the subject of gasoline usage All in all this is a fine book that will fit well in your personal or public library I was a bit disappointed to see that some of the facts and figures are outdated For example the author talks about US consumption of soda vs water in 1989 Aren’t there newer stats for this that aren’t 20 years old? I’m going to guess consumption of BOTH has gone up dramatically I purchased this book for my library Dammit they’re so cool

  9. says:

    As someone with a MSci in Environmental Conservation who thinks about sustainability every day this book didn't teach me a lotWhat it did do was get hella preachy about veganism while ignoring the pretty terrible environmental impacts veganism has on the planet AND the fact that some people have health conditions that prohibit them from a vegan lifestyle There are ways of eating meat and eating well that are low impact and sustainable and this book ignored all of them while the author simultaneously told us not to judge the choices of others This book also didn't address the inherent privilege in the proposed lifestyle modifications Not everyone has the time andor money to do most of these things so I think if you're one of those people this book felt really judgementalGood info here for those with the means of making changes who don't already know all this stuff but mostly it came off as preachy judgemental idealistic and not that helpful

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    I found this book to be inspiring and extremely helpful I'm always wondering about how to deal with living as a privileged person in a first world country and knowing how many people inside and outside of the US are suffering This gives some very practical suggestions and even discusses guilt and how to deal with itMy only critiue is that the author seemed to pick her own pet issues to focus on she devotes entire chapters to productsshopping and to food while stating elsewhere that other issues such as poverty civil rights etc etc etc are eually important It didn't really deter me though and in fact I've been thoughtful since reading the shopping chapter about what really makes me happy and howwhy not to just purchase stuff especially if it might have a negative impact on others eg sweat shopsOverall I think this book recommends a nice balanced way to contribute to the world while not completely overhauling your current lifestyle or overwhelming yourself or others to do so I definitely recommend this for anyone else who may be wondering how to feel good about contributing to others and the world while living your own life