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Posted July 24, 2011
Extremely amazing book
My aunt gave me this book a few years ago. At first, I thought it was just some gibberish by some old hippie who wanted to make a quick buck by publishing his so-called enlightening experiences. However, when I flipped through the pages, I found myself actually interested in his words. Next thing I knew, I was doing the activities he suggested, and I experienced many moments of piece.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
It's a wonderful book. You have to read it with an open mind, and a willingness to try and understand the author.
Posted July 31, 2007
An inspiring, utterly unique compendium of Brezsny's rich and hilarious philosophy. At once high-minded, practical, and off-the-wall, Brezsny pokes fun at dogmas of all stripes while goading readers to look within to find their own muse. Filled with anecdotes, quotes, pronoiac news items, and exercises, this fantastic book never gets old.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2005
Follow your rowdy bliss!
Pronoia is a philosophy book of a most unusual stripe. It takes a lot of the ideas that Breszny has developed on the Free Will Astrology site and particularly that he included as themes in his amazing novel, The Televisionary Oracle, and expands on them, shaping them into a chaotically coherent philosophy of life. The style is undeniably Breszny-- quirky, irreverent, soulful, linguistically athletic, challenging, hopeful. This is not your college Philosophy 101 class's philosophy book. It's structured rather freewheelingly, part creative workbook (including spaces for you to write your own thoughts and even your own chapter), part essay collection, part word art (noting the inclusion of 'homeopathic medicine wheels' that cram negative information in a circular paragraph enclosed by healing symbols and words), part exuberant poetry slam, part instruction manual for the inner development of 'rowdy bliss'. Big and packed full of interesting information and musings, illustrated lavishly with quirky graphics and nifty fonts, it is the kind of book that you can either read straight through or flip around, seeing where the pages fall in a somewhat bibliomantic attempt to receive an eccentric oracle. One thing's for sure, one reading is not enough to completely absorb everything this book contains, but it will be a pleasure to go back and re-read many times in the future. No doubt the less whimsically inclined would regard this book with a raised eyebrow and no little incredulity Breszny's a holy fool, a sacred clown, and he can be downright outrageous and goofy even when he's at his most heartfelt and profound. Cynics may find his relentless optimism over the top. But this is a smart man who's invested a tremendous amount of contemplation and personal experience into every idea he proposes. He is in no small measure radical, as he challenges the assumptions about the bleakness of the world that are so constantly fed to us. His optimism and faith are not at all blind nor are they syrupy or saccharine he addresses the existence of sorrow and suffering in the world and encourages his readers to adopt the scientist's tools to test and evaluate our beliefs. At the heart of his philosophy is that we all have the right to experience tremendous joy in our lives, the ability to shape the world around us, and the unceasing gifts of a benevolent universe that longs to help us and communicate with us. He takes the previously-little-explored concept of 'pronoia' and expands it into a creative, active, loving, lusty way of life. Not for him is the traditional religion's dichotomy of material=bad vs. spirit=good nor the 'fluffy newage' optimism that shoves the shadow self into the closet and slams the door. He proscribes neither quivering submission to and timid requests of a scornful punisher deity, nor spartan rejection of the world in seeking a cold and lonely enlightenment. His ideas belong in the world, not apart from it they go boldly into crowds creating beauty and weirdness, offering a hand to others, and proclaiming the dangerous notion that the world is a rich and beautiful place. He recruits 'guerrilla prayer warriors' and sacred artists and tantric clowns with a charisma and dedication that is thrilling in its possibility and irresistible in its charm. This is not a book to read if you are determined to be unhappy or if you don't want your world shaken up a bit. However, if you have the sneaking suspicion that leading a happy, fulfilled life might just not be a heresy, or you are tired of the status quo and eager for a truly unusual point of view, or if you need the kind of healing that makes you laugh and cry at the same time, or if you have already been crusading for beauty, truth, freedom, and love-- you need this book. It is hope and humor and beauty and love. Discordians and adherents of the Church of the Subgenius, both of which are mentioned favorably within, and tricksters of all stripes may particularly enjoyWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.