A big picture for a small book. It’s suitable… For reasons UKNOWN
The book is modeled after the pamphlets that were given out during the revolutionary times of the 1800’s with American revolutionists and what not; somewhat of a cry for allegiance regarding the necessity of a revolution from the chains that constrict the very being of today.
There were two major points to the pamphlet that I enjoyed. One: because of its nature as a book on internal realization, its detailed after the steps of rehabilitation from drug use. You have twelve steps to which the author outlines as his important points that one should understand/follow regarding the overall novel. This book is composed of two other books. With the rehabilitation steps, you also receive a brief bio of the author and travel through the issues he points out regarding current society by the use of history and revelation.
During the mid portion of his life he began seeing the current society crumble before his eyes. He became alone, even after withdrawing from alcohol and cigarette addictions he begins to face harsh feelings of remorse and weakness to his existence. He called a therapist to schedule a meeting.
My favorite passage: “It feels as though everyone in the world begins at the starting line. The starter pistol is discharged and we all move forward. Everyone else, it seems, is moving at a moderate pace of 10 miles a year, while I am hurtling 100 miles a year, and, at the same time, going backward at 99 miles a year pace. And so at the ned of every year,I couldn’t say that I was stalled, after all I made a miles progress, but everyone else was 10 times further along than I was. And, as the years past, I fell further behind – exhausted by the exertion of laboring almost twenty times harder than everyone else.”
It’s so revealing and being brutally honest in emotion, to which the therapist had no answer for. He began treatment with a handful of associates to try and discover some answers within his life to why he was harboring such unpleasant motives. From the discovery of inner searching he came to understand the disgruntling society constructed around him. Out arose a beautiful concoction of disgusting truths that plague our society: from the torment of the lower class, to the desires of becoming middle class, to the gross prejudice and self inflictions of the working class people and their superiors. Even going further, he dwells into psychotherapy and touches on the School of Suspicion that even Einstein was aware of. He goes into the marveling at what makes a genius, to the hind-point that a genius (or regarded better than normal, i.e., Elite) can’t become a genius on his own.
Another reason I enjoyed the novel was the interesting nature of the writing. Walter Mosely is not a specialist in politics, psychology, or medical fields, he blatantly points that out. However, he has acquired the knowledge of those sectors and their involvement with the public sector through news, real life events, and friends. He can be quoted to disliking a majority of ‘specialists’, since they have a great deal of knowledge in their field from knowing right from wrong, however, more than often, they do not carry through with values that would be considered ‘right’. I can think of two examples: Giving children Ritalin for their error in excitement, or refuting children the benefits of purposeful learning.
He asks some vigorous statements, some of which he answers with blatant truths. At one portion, he begins asking questions towards lower class “children’s” progression through life and their difficulties; a quote from the novel: “Children go to war, not by choice, but because they can’t afford education on their own”
And in process of gaining an education through war, they kill innocents and are subjective to the disarming motives of military training. I have my own thoughts of the military, and so does he, but he follows the pragmatist line and simply states knowledgable facts while the knowledge of the reader transforms their own perceptions of the topic; quite well.
Don’t think that this book is intrinsic regarding societal problems and changes, it also dwells deeply with personal/individual necessities. Mosely gives out some points to which made him a better person, offering the reader a chance to discover certain truths about themselves they have been harboring or containing within themselves. He goes through discussions of deceit and lies from all aspects of life, to the artwork of commercial advertisements, an adult lying to his lover, to a child lying to his friends or family. We all lie. However, how truthful are we with ourselves? He voices that we should discover this and keep a journal to which we tell one truth towards something we believe and examine that specific truth. It could be anything.
“I lie all the time”
“I have never loved any of my girlfriends”
“I am very self conscious of my education and intelligence”
“I believe I have to be better than everyone else”
“I think the educational limitations of college towards the advancement to a ‘degree’ is idiotic”
It is the responsibility of every citizen to, at least, tell the truth once a day. Be brutally honest, no matter how small the truth and, perhaps, the calling of “the truth will set you free” will open up doors for your life.
Anyway, this little pamphlet stretches so far outward on societal truths! It’s hard to place an argument against him; other than him being too broad in some of the details. Mosely also voices his opinions regarding what can be done, they are especially ‘out there’ considering the stature of power in place, however, that does not mean it can’t be done.
There is too much to say about this 100 page book… Too much, so I regard you to pick this book up and follow some of Mosely’s perceptions of current society and how damaging certain sub-conscious activities that occur can become to the mainstay of our own lives, as well as the lives of future generations.