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Silence Is the Answer: To All the Noise of Doubt

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Every day the news is filled with horror stories of war, atrocities, and other unspeakable acts. Yet how many are willing to consider that the source of these violent acts in a violent world is fear and, therefore, only different in form from our own hateful thoughts and unkind deeds toward ourselves and others? Silence Is the Answer not only explains the undeniable connection, but directs the reader toward the repair of the only world that needs fixing - one's own mind.

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Overview

Every day the news is filled with horror stories of war, atrocities, and other unspeakable acts. Yet how many are willing to consider that the source of these violent acts in a violent world is fear and, therefore, only different in form from our own hateful thoughts and unkind deeds toward ourselves and others? Silence Is the Answer not only explains the undeniable connection, but directs the reader toward the repair of the only world that needs fixing - one's own mind.

Author Robert E. Draper culls countless examples from ancient history to the present day to demonstrate how often this world built on separation and fear makes no sense. Explaining the futility of attempting to change the ephemeral world of appearances, he encourages readers to heed the teachings of the wise, who from throughout the ages have taught that lasting safety can only come from self-examination and changing one's mind.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781478362531
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Yes, we can "go to Heaven," but first we must recogniz

    Yes, we can "go to Heaven," but first we must recognize that we make hell in our own minds, usually without any awareness of what we're doing. This is nothing like THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING warmed over but a strong argument, with accounts from Draper's personal life as well as historical records of numerous wars and atrocities, that this is not such a "wonderful world." SILENCE IS THE ANSWER shows that "good guys" and "bad guys" both commit terrible acts of cruelty depending on whose account of history you're reading.

    One of Draper's references, quoted from Victor Frankl's MAN'S SEARCH FOR MEANING was that even in the concentration camp one could not lose "the last of human freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances." Another, from Carl Hoffman's LUNATIC EXPRESS, the first-hand account of an American Journalist who traversed the world using the most dangerous forms of transport available. Hoffman describes mainly healthy, courageous people traveling in unsanitary, often terrifying conditions but who seem to be doing pretty well in spite of it all. Draper's book is rich with such references.

    Our author grew up in the Bronx in a rough neighborhood, went into business with a background in sales and accounting, and at 35 was the successful president and CEO of a growing, nationwide company--at which point he says, " ...as far as I was concerned, this 'success' wasn't adding up to much at all." Draper says, "To be truly helpful to ourselves and others requires learning new lessons, the first lesson being to face, without evasion, our participation in the incredibly disturbing act of inflating self-importance." Ouch! And from THE JOURNEY HOME, by Kenneth Wapnick, "The only hope of undoing fear in the world lies in the minds of people who make up this world of fear--this is the only place in which a meaningful shift can
    occur..."

    And from Wapnick's FORM VERSUS CONTENT, "The willingness to attribute the cause of your unhappiness to your mind's decision is the core of forgiveness..." (Draper italicizes this quote in his book.) Bob Draper speaks throughout of his personal experience as a father whose family did not conform to the "Norman Rockwell" image he had envisioned. He shares his story with an attitude of love and acceptance which shows a path to ultimate peace.

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