I am really excited by the third book from Charles Eisenstein. http://charleseisenstein.net/project/the-more-beautiful-world-our-hearts-know-is-possible/

It's Living Yes on steroids. The basic premise is that the "Story of the People (Story of the World) in which humanity is destined to create a perfect world through science, reason and technology: to conquer nature, transcend our animal origins, and engineer a rational society." Eisenstein elaborates in amazing detail how this worldview of "separation" leads to a giant NO! (Of course, he doesn't call it that.) Throughout the book, he offers a YES view which he calls "the Story of Interbeing," where "our very existence is relational."

Normally when I read prescriptive, non-fiction it falls into one of these categories*: 1. philosophy - where the language and references are obtuse or so dense that I can only read one paragraph before my head explodes. 2. platitudes - where the text is a rehash of ideas I have already assimilated. 3. dogma (science, religion, any know-it-allness) - where I quickly resent the rules, restrictions, and righteousness. 4. personal stories of experience - which are entertaining and engaging but don't change my worldview very much.

Every once in a while a great book like this comes along. (Other recent discoveries for me include Mickey Singer's The Untethered Soul and Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.) In the More Beautiful World we read a humble vision of a utopian plan that is neither science fiction nor is it a plain reality. It is just beyond reach but within the realm of vision. It may be naive (as one of the chapters is titled), but not so naive that it doesn't ring true. As with Living Yes, to approach this way of living is the process of life. To reach it as an end is a spiritual calling.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

(*When I set out to create Living Yes, a Handbook for Being Human, I also tried to stay out of these categories. I tried to create a simple text from ideas I have assimilated for easy access, while simultaneously creating challenging processes which would encourage thinking people into a self-exploration of the ideas.)

Mark Morris, LCSW Diplomate, Academy of Cognitive Therapy Author, Living Yes, A Handbook for Being Human

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