Rambo and the Dalai Lama: The Compulsion to Win and Its Threat to Human Survivalby Gordon Fellman, Dalai Lama (Foreword by)
This book suggests that the assumption that human life is based on conflicts of interest, wars, and the opposition of people to each other and to nature exists as a paradigm that supplies meaning and orientation to the world. An alternative paradigm sees cooperation, caring, nurturing, and loving as equally viable ways of organizing relationships of humans to each other and to nature. Fellman sees this shifting emphasis from adversarialism to mutuality as essential to the survival of our species and nature itself.
“Rambo and the Dalai Lama is highly readable, and made more so by the disarming way Fellman draws on his own personal experiences to illustrate the conceptual points he is making, without for a moment sacrificing the quality of his intellectual argument.” Elise Boulding, Professor Emerita, Dartmouth College
“Fellman’s book is a brilliant analysis of the adversary paradigmthe self-destructive mind-set that dominates our world today, molding the thought processes not only of those few who seem (on the surface) to profit from it but also of the vast majority who are clearly injured by it. Fellman’s notion of the “adversary compulsion” is a truly original contribution to our understanding of how and why unnecessary conflict persists. He lays bare its psychological and social foundations and provides convincing evidence of its futility and irrelevance for our times. Deftly combining scientific data with personal experience and insights into popular culture he provides us with a valuable map both of the morass in which we now find ourselves and of the path that will lead us out.” Philip Slater, author of A Dream Deferred: America’s Discontent and the Search for a New Democratic Ideal
“James Joyce famously described the Irish troubles as 'one bloody fool hitting another bloody fool over bloody nothing.' In a time when mindless adversarialism and bloody conflict are too often the norm, Gordon Fellman’s sane and humane attempt to understand the roots and the cure of such conflict is admirable and wholesome. With imagination and a sense of struggle, Fellman combines sociological and personal insight in this exciting new work.” Rodger Kamenetz, author of The Jew in the Lotus and Stalking Elijah
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- SUNY series, Global Conflict and Peace Education Series
Meet the Author
Gordon Fellman teaches Sociology and Chairs the Peace and Conflict Studies Program, Brandeis University.
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