Thursday, August 7, 2014

Review: On Being Human by David V. White

If you have asked yourself questions like "How should I live?" "On what shall I base my decisions?" or "What is truly important?" On Being Human will be a source of help and guidance. 

Modern thought tends to divide life into categories, but in the process of living, all the currents mix and mingle, and worthwhile answers only come from finding a harmonious relation to the whole. Seeking holistic understanding, this book ranges through psychology, art, science, religion, relationships, culture, mythology, philosophy, and the world's wisdom traditions. Although no one can be expert in all these areas, the living of life does not offer the choice of avoiding any of them. Whether expert or not, each of us must come to terms with the full scope of human questions, emotions, and possibilities. This wide-ranging book will provide assistance for those who wish to bring all these currents together in a coherent way. 

Retiring at the age of 35 after successful involvement in business, politics, and education, David began to consider more carefully what was truly important in his life. Following several years of study, travel, practice, and experiences of many kinds, there came a deepening sense of what it means to live a human life. His understanding developed further through dialogue with hundreds of participants in seminars and workshops he has presented during the past twenty years. In this book, he shares the insights gained in the process of his personal exploration and exchange with others.

Received for review.

I wanted to like this more than I did.  While it was well written it was really not for everyone as it is marketed to be.  It is really just for the upper middle class who are pondering existential questions that people who actually work and are trying to survive just don't have the time for.

So, if you are a member of the upper middle class and have nothing more useful to do than to ponder life's most useless questions then this is a great book for you.  If you actually do work and have things to do then this is probably not a good fit.  I really cannot recommend this.

★★☆☆☆ = Just Okay

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