How do we make sense of such a crazy world as we see around us and find a way to live well?
Excerpts from the new book!
My newest book is being printed in June 2012. It is called Finding Our Way Forward because it is about finding our way in the world. When I was a teenager I had some big questions about how to fit into this world of ours. It was the 70s and there was a lot of doom and gloom about the survival of the ecosphere and negativity about "the establishment". So, in such an environment, what does one do? How does one participate in a way that does not make one a part of the problem? I didn't have any good answers -I didn't know. I ended up more or less dropping out as best I could, trying to just live as best I could by separating myself from the problems of the world. I didn't want to know all the bad news from the media. I just wanted to grow my own food and live close to nature.
Now, as this book is finished I am 59. It has taken all this time to come up with the answers to my own teenage questions. This book tries to succinctly address an unbelievably broad group of topics in order to address those questions, topics such as human development, brain science, evolutionary theory, perception and so on.
I do not try to present myself as an expert in all of these fields, but instead function as integrater, tying it all together for the reader in the way that I have tied it all together for myself. I also give as many references as I know about, to encourage the readers to delve further into the topics that I have dealt with in overview. There is a tremendous amount of new information coming available in recent years about these topics, supporting our relatively new capabilities to understand ourselves and understand what is happening in the world we live in. I give a lot of references in the text, but in the end I give a very big recommended reading list and have put that list up on this website on the "Recommended Reading" web page, so that those books can be purchased here.
I tried really hard to keep this book to 100 pages, but it turned out to be over 230. I really wanted it to be succinct, even though the subject was broad, so that it just says straight out what it intends to say, and I hope I succeeded anyway. It is a summation of my lifetime of self-reflection, questioning and experience rather than a tight proof of anything.
It offers a way of looking at what is going on in the world that makes sense of it and balances a lot of the fear and worry that is around as we move into this time of radical change to the contours of our lives in order to meet the challenges we face from environmental issues, resource depletion, overpopulation, disease, violence, economics and changing social patterns.
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