Why are voters so easily hoodwinked? Why so many vote against their own interests? What is it about human beings that corrupts even the systems and organizations designed with the best of intentions? Why don’t people or nations learn from experience, or from history? When is truth really relative, and when saying that is an excuse? What goes on inside people when they describe such different “realities” at the least whiff of a conflict of interests? Does thinking for yourself make you happier, unhappier, or are there different kinds of happiness? Why did the US democracy turn into a plutocracy, again?
We all have facile explanations to the questions above, but where do they lead us? This book is an adventure which we hope will strengthen the backbone of your life and your connection to its treasures.
It is about political psychology and deep happiness – two sides of the same banana. It includes perspectives that are usually not treated together but need to be, because they are integral to both answers and solutions: From our evolution as a social species, to our nature and potentials as culture creators; from explaining political affiliation to workplace dysfunction to bureaucratic corruption ; and delving deep into our psyches and souls to understand the roots of intellectual integrity and ethical commitments without which people constantly deceive themselves and become prey to manipulators. You will find a comprehensive guide to methods of manipulation and how to unmask them, eschew them – and yes, how to renew a failing democracy.