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Posted July 25, 2013
Life’s Operating Manual
With the Fear and Truth Dialogues
This is the perfect book for anyone who is aware that our current world is not in a good place right now, but who is unsure of where to begin to address the issues. I had watched Tom Shadyac’s film, “I AM”, prior to reading the book, so I was somewhat familiar with his personal story and the scientists and theologians interviewed in the movie. He had a very successful and lucrative career as a Hollywood movie director. He had won the American Dream and then some. After several years of having a vague sense that there was more to life than fame and fortune, his life changed dramatically following a bicycle accident that left him with a concussion and rare side effects that lasted for months.
“Life’s Operating Manual” is a small book packed with information and insights. A few chapters cover ambition, agriculture and technology, stressing that they are in and of themselves, neutral. How we use them is the issue.
We have become a fear-based society, and as such are defensive and distrusting, guarding what we own, our way of life, and who we believe we are. This fear is producing a scarcity myth in which we feel the need to collect and protect more wealth and more stuff.
I was especially grateful that he included research findings in the book that human beings are not hard-wired for aggression, violence and selfishness. With the technology we now have available, scientists have been able to show that single cells learned to cooperate through experience, and became multi-celled organisms that also learned to cooperate. Our bodies are perfect examples of cooperation. Contrary to what most of us were taught in school, all of Nature thrives and survives through cooperation, not competition. What we see and hear on the endless loops of “news” in the media are the exceptions and not the rules of human behavior.
Each chapter of the book also contains dialogues between Fear and Truth, as the title implies. At times I found them to be a little distracting, but then also found myself thinking that they would be useful in discussions with others who tend to see the world in black and white terms.
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Posted June 20, 2013
Great book for teens and older .. a reminder that we are natural beings in a natural world and if we paid attention to that, there would be Heaven here on Earth. Thanks TS for a brave and revolution-inspiring book.
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