Tag Archives: Conscience

Wisdom Books: Rediscovering Plato by Norman D. Livergood

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The Greek thinker Plato (428-348 BCE) speaks trenchantly to us today about twenty-first century barbarism,” writes author Norman D. Livergood in the introduction to Rediscovering Plato and the Mystical Science of Dialectic. “No other single thinker offers us the weapons to defeat contemporary oppression and ignorance.”A demonic cabal has seized power and imposed a fascistic dictatorship on the United States,” writes Livergood. “It is only when teachings like Plato’s dialogues become current again in the West that we will be able to rise above barbarity and depravity to a more enlightened existence.”Not only can Plato teach us how to withstand a constant barrage of propagandized power-plays, but Plato also provides esoteric Perennialist instructions for realizing our spiritual potential, which is even more important than struggling against despotism and benightedness. Plato helps us to rescue ourselves not only from political-economic-religious tyrants, but also from our own tyrannies: our mindless self-indulgence, our acquiescence to ignorance and self-satisfaction.

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Wisdom Books: The Ascent of Humanity by Charles Eisenstein

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Charles Eisenstein explores the history and potential future of civilization, tracing the converging crises of our age to the illusion of the separate self. In this landmark book, Eisenstein explains how a disconnection from the natural world and one another is built into the foundations of civilization: into science, religion, money, technology, medicine, and education as we know them. As a result, each of these institutions faces a grave and growing crisis, fueling our near-pathological pursuit of technological fixes even as we push our planet to the brink of collapse.

Fortunately, an Age of Reunion is emerging out of the birth pangs of an earth in crisis. As our old constructs of self and world dissolve in crisis, we are entering a new narrative of interbeing, a more expansive sense of self, and a more ecological relationship to nature. Our darkest hour bears the possibility of a more beautiful world—not through the extension of millennia-old methods of management and control but by fundamentally reimagining ourselves and our systems. Breathtaking in its scope and intelligence, The Ascent of Humanity is a remarkable book showing what it truly means to be human.

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Wisdom Books: Uniting Humanity by Sanderson Beck

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Before we leave our earthly bodies at death, we could ask ourselves these questions: Are we leaving our Mother Earth and the human race in a better condition than they were when we were born? What kind of a society and world will our children and grandchildren inherit?

Since my birth in 1947 human population has tripled to about 7.3 billion people. The consumption of natural resources, especially by industrialized societies, is increasingly straining the environment. Based on scientific evidence about 99% of climate experts have concluded that the emission of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide resulting from human activity is causing the Earth to absorb more heat from the sun, thus increasing average temperatures. This global warming is changing the climate and causing more extreme weather conditions such as destructive storms and the melting of glaciers and permafrost. If this trend continues, initially more rain and melting snow will cause floods. Then lack of snow will reduce fresh water in rivers with devastating consequences for agriculture, industry, and domestic uses. Global warming will also cause more heat waves, droughts, and wildfires. Rising oceans will flood lower elevations, and excessive carbon will increase deadly ocean acidification.

Since the end of World War II nuclear bombs, other weapons of mass destruction, and advancing military technology threaten humans with mutual destruction unless our society learns how to resolve conflicts without the massive violence of wars.

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Quotes of Wisdom: Epictetus on the Love of Righteousness

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What a person applies oneself to earnestly,
that one naturally loves.
Do people then apply themselves earnestly
to the things which are bad? By no means.
Well, do they apply themselves to things
which in no way concern themselves? Not to these either.
It remains, then, that they employ themselves earnestly
only about things which are good;
and if they are earnestly employed about things,
they love such things also.
Whoever, then, understands what is good,
can also know how to love;
but the one who cannot distinguish good from bad,
how can that one possess the power of loving?
To love, then, is only in the power of the wise.

~ Epictetus