William Hathaway’s “Wellsprings”

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Wellsprings-thumbBy Rowan Wolf

William Hathaway has a new book coming out October 1, 2013 titled “Wellsprings: a fable of consciousness,” It is set in the year 2026 (just around the corner).¬† Hathaway’s new novella is a coming of age story set in a scenario that blends resource depletion from global warming with the culmination of corporate control of an increasingly scarce water supply. He weaves concepts of unifying consciousness as a mechanism for addressing environmental crisis in an age of corporate ownership of all natural resources. A second, though important, theme of the book is that we can control our reactions to situations. This is an important message in a time when everything seems to push us towards non-reflective responses. Hathaway’s novel serves as both a teaching tool and a cautionary tale.

I think that Hathaway combines his interests and concerns in this new book. He has a deep involvement in Transcendental Meditation (TM), and is clearly concerned with the trajectory of the planet – both ecologically and politically. Like many, he obviously feels that what is needed to avert disaster, and right the scales, is a change of consciousness. It is this that provides the “wellspring” for the work. The title “Wellsprings” is apt on multiple levels, as the “drought” which frames this work is simultaneously environmental, political, and of consciousness.

On the surface, “Wellsprings” is an easy read, and therefore appropriate to a younger audience who might be attracted to a “coming of age” novel. However, when you step back and think about what he has written, there is some depth that shows through¬† – making it attractive to a more mature audience (of whatever age). In fact, one could argue that much of the book is a double entendre – from the “drought,” to submission to authority, to the resolution of the crisis.

Give it a read and judge for yourself if consciousness as resistance is a gateway out of our trajectory towards collapse.


William T. Hathaway is a US Special Forces combat veteran turned peace activist. He has taught English and creative writing at several colleges in the USA and as a Fulbright professor in Europe. He is currently an adjunct professor of American studies at the University of Oldenburg in Germany. William was made a teacher of Transcendental Meditation by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and is active in the TM organization. He is the author of: Summer Snow and Radical Peace and A World of Hurt which won a Rinehart Foundation Award for its portrayal of the psychological roots of war. For more on his writing visit: www.peacewriter.org

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