Existentialism: each individual is solely responsible for giving meaning to life. The accepted cultural morality is absurd and unacceptable. Camus created the character Mersault as the perfect example. He did it so well that I was struck by the amoral, not immoral, life experience of Meursault. He never lied, never considered yesterday and did not worry much about tomorrow. His life was lived now. Even the murder he commits is not enough to get him to feel remorse. In the final confrontation with the priest he verbalizes his "philosophy of life", every life is worth the same and there is no grand meaning to life and whether one lives or dies will not affect the rest of the world as everyone will go on living. Mersault demonstrated this after the death of his mother and as much as he preferred not to die, he knew that if it was today or twenty years from now, it would be the same. He would die and the universe would go on. Thought provoking, I enjoyed it.
Not a good book. Just dumb. Written in the style of Freakonomics. Taking each chapter to expound on a subject totally unrelated to other chapters in the book. From the words to use in describing your listing to explaining how New York real estate is different to shaming waterfront property buyers because they keep buying waterfront homes even though the seas are rising. The authors feel pretty good about their web traffic, and they draw conclusions from clicks and call it research. The authors pounded on George Bush as the cause of the Financial Meltdown, compared him to Barack Obama for their errors in handling the economy, took several opportunities to point out how wrong Conservatives were, all the while pretending to be non partisan. They even took a chapter to make their case for the elimination of the Mortgage Interest Deduction suggesting that middle class Americans gain no benefit from it. They called it a government expenditure. How can it be an expenditure if the government never collected the money in the first place to spend it? They concluded the book by patting themselves on the back for starting the last chapter with a quote by Donald Rumsfeld. Arrogant, directionless and unhelpful.
I am sure this helps some people, but she started to lose me when she said I should let my socks rest. It was downhill from there for me. Thanking my discarded items for their service, asking my home where things should go and using shoeboxes to store everything would change my life too much and not in a magical way. I did like the idea that I should evaluate every item for whether or not it brought me joy but that was about the end of the good stuff for me. Very Shinto based approach to interacting with our environment. I understand it but I didn't like this book.
Very good book, articulates clearly what every professional learns through trial and error. In order to be good at anything we must practice and learn. All of life is practice. I will reread this book often.
Fun story but you will enjoy it more if you have ever been a teenage nerd.
I am not completely impressed as most are by this book. Joseph Campbell is very smart and has dedicated himself to studying the world's religions and mythologies. I was impressed by him but he sure can talk a lot. He has a lot of knowledge and communicates it well. Learning that certain themes recur throughout the world in different cultures was really interesting. Bill Moyers on the other hand was a source of constant interruptions of nonsensical non sequential questions and faulty assumptions. Irritating. Esoteric and arcane, you really have to want to learn about this stuff to get much out of it.
The nostalgic value almost made it worth the effort. Written in the '70's there are references to the Cold War and the racial tension of the day. However, the story dragged on and on. A credible antagonist finally appeared at the last fifth of the book. Just a long book, exhausting.
First and foremost, I read all the reviews and one in particular told me that this is not a sci fi book but a police procedural. I didn't believe it. Well I am here to tell you it is not a sci fi book, it is a police procedural. Second, I don't know about all the hype surrounding Wil Wheaton as a narrator. I thought he was okay. The book, eh. The author added a novella to the end of the book to help give more background to the story. Well the story was not compelling enough for me to give up more time to this lame story.
The story wasn't that great, pretty much unbelievable. I am disappointed at the rave reviews that misled me into thinking that this would be a good experience. The characters were lame, the story was forced and unbelievable, the subject matter is intentionally disturbing. I think that what made this "book" so disappointing is that the producers have such little faith in the audience's imaginations that they decided to take it upon themselves to create the world in their image, and expecting listeners to embrace it. No thank you.
Pretty good detective story, I am glad that the story ended well. I think I have found Stephen King's calling. Not writing paranormal stories!! Good story that ended well. I found the bad guy to be a little difficult to believe but the story carries you along. I recommend it.
Romney is very smart, has great experience as a business man and a leader. In the book he lays out major common sense policy initiatives. Impressive, unfortunately the USA will never benefit from his leadership in the oval office.
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