A World Waiting to Be Born: Civility Rediscovered

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M. Scott Peck is known for the profound psychological and spiritual journey on which he has guided millions of readers in his earlier bestselling books. A WORLD WAITING TO BE BORN is his long-awaited major new work of nonfiction, and it brings us the most urgent messages and the most important guidance toward change Dr. Peck has ever offered. We are a deeply ailing society. Our illness is incivility, by which Dr. Peck means conduct far more serious than a want of politeness - and going back in time much further ...
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Overview

M. Scott Peck is known for the profound psychological and spiritual journey on which he has guided millions of readers in his earlier bestselling books. A WORLD WAITING TO BE BORN is his long-awaited major new work of nonfiction, and it brings us the most urgent messages and the most important guidance toward change Dr. Peck has ever offered. We are a deeply ailing society. Our illness is incivility, by which Dr. Peck means conduct far more serious than a want of politeness - and going back in time much further than the blatantly gluttonous 1980s. Morally destructive patterns of self-absorption, callousness, manipulativeness, and materialism are so ingrained in our routine behavior that we often do not recognize them. In multiple ways we engage in subtle forms of unconscious hurtfulness toward ourselves and others - ways that have come to be accepted as the norm in American society. Yet there is a growing awareness that something is seriously wrong. If one of the many powerful themes in this book is that civil behavior has largely vanished from our lives - between individuals, in marriage and family life, in the workplace, and in organizations and businesses - another theme is that change is not only possible, it is achievable. We can learn to restore civility to ourselves and our institutions. We can make the spiritual commitment that is a cornerstone of civility. We have the power and the knowledge to become a truly civil society. This book slows us how. Using examples from his own life, case histories of patients who sought his psychiatric counsel, and dramatic scenarios of businesses that have made a conscious decision to bring civility to their organizations, Dr. Peck demonstrates where we have gone wrong and how change can be effected. The process is likely to be painful - change hurts - but without change there is no growth, and without growth we are half alive. Dr. Peck offers a concrete, step-by-step program to restore our organizations and ourselves t
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The author of The Road Less Traveled stresses the importance of civility in everyday life. (Apr.)
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"A peck of  hardheaded, kindhearted advice; the author's best since  [The Road Less Traveled.]--Kirkus Reviews  

"An extremely important book...Dr. Peck gives us  powerful new reasons for hope and confidence in our  personal ability to change ourselves and the  world."--Vice President Al Gore, author of Earth  In The Balance: Ecology And The Human Spirit

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553471403
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1993
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The Cornerstones of Civility
Ch. 1 Something Is Seriously Wrong: Toward a Redefinition of Civility 3
Ch. 2 Salvation and Suffering: The Ambiguity of Pain and Disease 7
Ch. 3 Selves and Systems: The Reality and Illusion of the Self 15
Ch. 4 The Hole in the Mind: The Lack of Group Consciousness 29
Ch. 5 Enter God, Stage Left: Ethics and Submission 43
Ch. 6 Yes, Virginia, There Is Unconditional Love: Covenant 55
Ch. 7 Tell Them I Came but No One Answered: Vocation 61
Ch. 8 How Not to Waste Your Time: Prayer (or Whatever You Want to Call It) 81
Pt. 2 Marriage and the Family
Ch. 9 For the Friction: Marriage and Narcissism 95
Ch. 10 No Place to Go but Up: Marriage and Power 115
Ch. 11 Walking the Tightrope: Marriage and Separateness 133
Ch. 12 Bows and Arrows: Child Raising and Vocation 147
Ch. 13 Karass or Grandfaloon?: The Family as Organization 173
Pt. 3 You Gotta Know Your Business
Ch. 14 Who's There?: Roles and Transference 195
Ch. 15 Selling or Saving Your Soul: Vocation and Business 219
Ch. 16 May God Have Mercy on You: The Civil Use of Power in Business 245
Pt. 4 Epiphany: Community in the Workplace
Ch. 17 A Sum Greater Than Its Parts: Community: The Civil Organization 271
Ch. 18 Rewalking the Tightrope: Ethics and Adversarialism in Business 299
Ch. 19 The Politics of Transformation: Introducing Community into Business 317
Ch. 20 No, Virginia, There Is No Quick Fix: Community Maintenance 337
Ch. 21 Utopia Revisited: The Promise of Community in the Workplace 345
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