It was back in the 1970s that I first started to put down on paper my thoughts, opinions and concerns on where I felt this world of ours was heading, and back then I gave it the name ‘Sleepwalking to Armageddon’, and as my own three children grew up I tried to gently discuss with them and also with our friends what I felt would be an increasing problem in the future. However I must confess that in these early days, the usual reaction I got from all of them was boredom rather than interest. We’ve moved on a bit since then, and now with nine grandchildren I decided to change the name of the book to ‘A Letter to My Grandchildren’ and use this blog to continue highlighting the issues which more and more people now realise will pose some major problems for future generations.
The book is split into three parts:
Part One tells the story of my own childhood through an extraordinary time in the history of Britain. Part Two explains how I built a successful business on the strong foundations of what I had learnt as a young man in Leith (you can see why I was often called Lucky Jim!). But as I grew older I became more and more convinced that our human species was living far beyond our environmental, financial and social means. In Part Three of this book I go on to explain why I think this. If we don’t start to make the necessary changes very soon now, the population of this unique and wonderful planet will be ‘Sleepwalking to Armageddon’ and the eventual end of the industrial civilisation which we have today.
Please click on the image or title link to read the digital version of A Letter to My Grandchildren. I hope you’ll find it an insightful read, and please do not hesitate to get in touch for further information regarding the book.