4 out of 4 stars
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Rediscovering the Wisdom of Human Nature: How Civilization Destroys Happiness by Chet Shupe is a non-fiction book that talks about the self-imposed institutional subjugation of the people, by the people, for the people. What supposedly brings order and meaning to our lives becomes the very cause of human suffering. A book venturing out to the depths of civilization, human suffering, and the meaning of life.
Interestingly, I stumbled upon this fabulous read, just when I was myself questioning the validity of the social order which we use as a stencil to build our life and give meaning to it. Do we really need a life so institutionalized that freedom means to drag ourselves through a dead-end desk job, to build boundaries for love, to waste away your breaths for a comfortable future that is uncertain anyway? This book is more than just a philosophical take on civilization, it is a revolution to bring us back to our natural roots; to live our lives today and not tomorrow.
One of the best things about this book is the simplicity of the language used. It is conversational and doesn’t feel like reading a complex philosophical book. The author talks to the masses directly and puts forth his opinions without much drag. Including bits of personal stories, the author makes it relatable for the readers to subjectively understand his message.
In many instances the author refers to biblical stories and adapts them to his philosophical view of civilization, giving it a rather different meaning or using the stories as metaphors. I personally found it interesting to read about the author’s take on why Christ went through crucifixion. Growing up as a Christian, we’re taught that it was because of our sins that Christ was crucified. But it was always something that left me confused, and the author’s thoughts on this were quite reasonable in my opinion. While this seemed like a positive aspect to me, might be a downside for readers sensitive about being exposed to different interpretations of the Bible. Having this said, the book does not exceed in basing the author’s thoughts on the Bible only. Instead, the author has artistically blended several different aspects of life, to bring the readers an interesting compilation on topics ranging from emotional intelligence, sisterhood, brotherhood, and the law of nature, heavily influenced by the philosophy of Altruism and Codependency.
The book is almost perfectly edited, I couldn’t find any errors. I also do not have any criticism on this book except that that there is one core message that is being repeated throughout the chapters, which is actually a positive thing for me; the author is screaming out to reach the masses. This book deserved a perfect 4 out 4 stars. This book will be an interesting read for a mature audience, who are open to new world-views and like books that challenge their beliefs.
Rediscovering the Wisdom of Human Nature
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