Yep, I’ve read it, I’m into it! There are obviously things I don’t agree with, but on the whole I think it points to a place we need to get to.
With utmost respect to Jaron about his opinion (because we’re all legends here hahaha), I think that the point is that if you’re going to intellectually interrogate the book, then you’re almost missing the point. Culturally we only accept an intellectual way of being, it is seen as the pinnacle of human existence, and I’m not going to start saying “oh we need to just not be intellectual” because we’ve done incredible things with this. However, we have lost the ability be other ways in the world because we don’t value anything else. When we talk about Indigenous cultures and their different ways of being, and how it’s important to give space to that and understand, but we are at the same time perpetuating the view in our own culture that intellectualising is the most valuable and important way of being – then we are just perpetuating the same hierarchy that puts our way of being above their way of being, and leaves no room for even the concept that we may actually be the ones that have something to learn.
Of course there is an irony in having to write a book to attempt to intellectually argue for something that is not intellectual, but it’s the only way we know how to “understand”. So it’s an imperfect arrow that points to something, the arrow isn’t the point of the book, the direction it points to is.