Another evening of existential reckoning (oh joy)

Was actually perusing a Sam Harris clip like I so very rarely ever care to do. Never been much of a fan of the guy. But found a segment where I agreed with him how people are factioning off into political tribes. Guess this is what Religions dying can morph into. Gotta put that energy toward something, somewhere. And now politics is the name of the game. The new beacon on which to direct our religious devotion.

Human beings are religious by our very natures. Have always been inclined toward religiosity and still are. Evolved this way. So even though we like to think we’re dropping all that and turning our attention toward the formation of a secular society, that inclination still resides within us, whether we’re conscious of it or not. Expresses itself in various ways. Political tribalism to whatever degrees. New herds to lose ourselves within.

Lots of things to lose oneself in nowadays. So much freedom we barely know what to do with it.

Freedom to make all sorts of (good or bad) choices too. That’s one of those natural rights granted to us by Nature. Some call it Free Will, though it can’t help but come with limitations.

Still. Pretty darn free in the U.S. currently.

Free to buy an assortment of delicacies and enticements. Free to partake in a number of legal drugs, including alcohol (and marijuana in some states). Free to think whatever we want. Free to vote for whomever we want, assuming our nation’s voting apparatus is even trustworthy any longer, and assuming you’re not barred from doing so due to certain felony charges.

Free to read books. Tons of libraries around for folks who lack funds. Inexpensive entertainment as well as educational if we push ourselves to seek and explore. But that’s a choice. Comes back to exercising all this Freedom we’ve been blessed with.

Choices. Attention paid to where? Habits. Options. Alternatives. Decisions. Backed by actions.

Come to find out, it’s very easy to get lost in this 21st Century. lol  True story.

Values. What matters most?

What were the seven deadly sins again?








Good to keep in mind. As I sit here tonight as a sloth, once again, pondering while wandering around the internet. Satiating my legal vices. Ever look at that list and wind up having to check every box? Whether past or present, all the same we are afflicted by excesses that can prove destructive, and not only to our own selves. Obviously.

So then what? Wait for motivation to come and sweep us along on our way? Doesn’t work like that.

Some good books I’ve been contemplating on over the last several months are:

Thinking of canceling my Audible subscription for a spell so I can just refocus on these and other titles. Those books there are really informative and thought-provoking. Not needing to continue on in my studies until I get re-oriented with the aid of those books. They do help. But of course it ultimately comes down to one’s individual efforts. Application of lessons learned.

A dreary night indoors in November

Not going out tonight. Too cold and drizzly. Instead occupying myself with laundry and putting away my summer clothes in bins.

Work is done for the day so I might as well enjoy my time before things kick into higher gear later this week due to holiday work obligations. Glad to make more money and am trying to generally spend less these days. Also updated my business website finally so now I feel comfortable advertising locally once again. Wasn’t as tricky setting up the ftp info once again in the macromedia software as I’d worried it might be. And that software actually proved compatible with my newest computer, so that’s a plus. Need to purchase a new printer soon though since mine crapped out (again — darn things only last 3-4 years before giving up the ghost).

Recently finished listening to a great audiobook by Mark Manson titled The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. Highly recommend that one. It’s funny while also offering practical wisdom to counteract the “we all deserve an award” mentality permeating society these days. Plan on re-listening to it sooner rather than later.

Currently I am listening to the audio version of Carl Jung’s Memories, Dreams, Reflections. The first portion, which I’m still working through, serves as a memoir where he tells of his upbringing and challenges with religion (his father was a Protestant clergyman and several other family members were theologians) and his struggles in school (wasn’t good at math; grew more isolated over time due to differing viewpoints from his peers). As a fan of Carl Jung’s work, it’s interesting to learn more about who he was and how he came up and also how his mind developed over time. A kid like him born into today’s society would likely wind up labeled and drugged by psychiatrists, ironically enough, which could very well have stripped someone like him of his potential.

Previously listened to the audiobook America the Anxious by Ruth Whippman about her relocation from the UK to California and her observations of our “positivity” culture. She came out realizing that the intense and focused pursuit of happiness doesn’t tend to wind one up there and instead makes people miserable. Her research provided and examined was illuminating and even counter-intuitive in places. Really enjoyed her witty writing style and believe mothers most especially would find her work amusing.

Next up in terms of reading material, I’ve placed the following books in my wishlist by Thomas Sowell: The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy, Intellectuals and Race, A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles, and Black Rednecks and White Liberals. Hope to order at least one of his titles in December. Also hoping to eventually get to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago (a three volume series).

What else? Obviously been looking more into the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in recent weeks, seeing as how we keep hearing more and more about it. Sounded like a reasonable movement initially, but then it’s evolved into something else, something a bit more sinister in terms of expressing racial hostility toward white people. I’ll continue trying to make sense out of what’s unfolding there.

Been slacking in going to the gym this past week. Was busy at times, but otherwise just lazy or not in the mood.

My former and I began fussing with one another again over the weekend, so we’re taking a few days away to do our own things. Per our usual cycle.

Met a nice guy recently, a friend of a friend, who works in an environmental science lab setting. Seems like a cool dude. Hung out with him and his friends a couple days last week. In his 40s with no kids, never married, in the process of buying a house. Seems like a stable individual. Will be taking my time getting to know people — not interested in jumping into anything any time soon. But he seems to like me and isn’t opposed to exploring various topics, so that’s cool. Either way, I’m pretty sure we’ll wind up being at least casual buddies.

Was called by a client/friend, an older lady I’ve worked for for years, and went over to visit with her yesterday. Been months since we last chatted since she’s retired these days. Was good to see her. Said she’s looking into getting a gun, so we discussed her options, and I need to email her later some info she requested. She goes out east in the winter to stay with her daughter, and they’re a bit concerned about home protection due to riots and rising crime in Charlotte, NC. Can understand her worries there and will try to find some solutions that may prove most compatible to her situation.

Not much else is going on, at least not worth noting on here. Preparing for winter to arrive. Needing to get my rotors and brakes worked on hopefully this weekend. After that we’ll ready the snow tires since they usually go on right after Thanksgiving each year. Mundane stuff.

Early April 2016 update

Ordered a couple new audiobooks on Audible last night: On Writing by Stephen King and The 50th Law by Robert Greene and rap artist 50 Cent.

Began King’s book today and am so far enjoying it. Been a long time since I’ve read anything from Stephen King, having become worn out on his novels back in the mid-’90s. Believe the last one from him I read was Gerald’s Game. But Stephen King’s writings made a strong impression on me during my youth, beginning with reading Cujo when I was 8, that being the longest book from any author I had managed to read up until that point. Scared the living shit out of me for years.  lol  Read a few other titles from him and watched several of his movies over the years. He’s one wordy dude and I got to wishing they wouldn’t pay him according to word count. But his On Writing is different, a bit lighter than his usual fare (for obvious reasons), and actually rather humorous thus far. The man’s an experienced writer, no denying that, so I’m interested to learn more about how he approaches the craft.

The second title mentioned up above, The 50th Law, appealed to me after watching several interviews on youtube of Robert Greene where he discussed his time spent with 50 Cent. Sounded interesting, though I’m not much of a fan of 50 Cent’s music. Used to listen to it some, but haven’t kept up with it over time. Have previously listened to the audio versions of Robert Greene’s books Mastery and The Art of Seduction. He just came back across my radar recently so I’ve decided to give this latest book by him a listen in coming days.

About two weeks away from heading down South. Continue reading

February and March 2016 Reading Material

Been sticking with audiobooks mostly recently since they’re easier to digest at this time.

Put on hold nearly three-quarters of the way through Sheldon S. Wolin’s Democracy Incorporated. Honestly, I’d heard so much about it in advance that the main takeaway was already familiar to me and, beyond that, much of the book was framed from a democrat’s perspective, which wasn’t what I was looking for (as a long-time independent with no allegiances to either popular political party). So I’ll finish it at my leisure when more interesting titles aren’t pressing for my attention.

Did finish listening to Erich Fromm’s Greatness and Limitations of Freud’s Thought and liked it at the time but haven’t found it terribly memorable or remarkable in the weeks since completing it. Just a bit more information on Freud from someone more closely familiar with him and his writings throughout the entire course of his career, not only those that remain popular today.

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine proved thought-provoking and interesting and is one I intend to re-listen to in future months. It’s intended for shaping a philosophy for a modern audience rather than simply being a recount of historical texts.

Another I finished recently and loved was Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature by Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan. This collection of essays was amazing, particularly halfway through and onward. If you’re curious about cellular life and evolutionary changes, this one is a real eye-opener, along with their (print) book What Is Life?

The Medicalization of Everyday Life: Selected Essays by Thomas Szasz was terrific and I look forward to listening to it again and capturing excerpts from it to share with others. Very important thoughts expressed in that one, ranging from the concept of “mental illness” being taken too literally when it’s actually metaphorical in origin, to what’s labeled as a “mental disorder” in the first place and how that list has been expanding decade after decade to include all sorts of human behaviors that arguably have no reason to be added other than to pad more mental health workers’ pockets, to exploring one’s right to die with dignity and who gets to decide and dispense drugs used in such cases, to describing how insane asylums and “mad doctoring” came into being originally, etc. Having read one of Dr. Szasz’s books years back and watched several speeches by him since, I am a fan of this man’s work and found this book to be particularly engaging and most appropriate for those new to his writings and critical position in regards to the mental health field.

We Are What We Pretend To Be by Kurt Vonnegut is a collection of two stories written respectively at the very beginning and the very end of this author’s career. The first story, Basic Training, was rejected for publication back when he was first learning and honing his craft, though I enjoyed his character development there and was a bit astonished that it ended on a sweet note. The second story, If God Were Alive Today, was more along the lines of what we’ve come to expect from Vonnegut and is said to have been a sketch of sorts intended to be fleshed out into a longer novel which was cut short by his death. Enjoyed listening to his daughter discuss the background info of these two stories and tell us more on what it was like interacting with her father once she was grown.

Next, I’ve been listening to Friedrich Nietzsche’s Human, All Too Human: A Book For Free Spirits, which includes his Miscellaneous Maxims and Opinions as well as The Wanderer and His Shadow. I continue to have mixed feelings on Nietzsche, hence why I purchased this audiobook and am taking up time with it, to gain more insight into where he’s coming from. There seem to be contradictions across his thoughts, not that this bothers me so much as it leads me to recognize just how much he was speculating and projecting. At the beginning of his Maxims portion he speaks of having done the work and gone through the transformation necessary to speak on such matters, but I am not completely convinced based on what information we know of him posthumously. He was a smart and deep thinker, no doubt about it, yet he seemed plagued by his own deficiencies and unable or unwilling to come to grips with them, resulting in him coming across as looking down on so many others, particularly those with religious predilections. And I get the impression, again and again through reading his works, that his attitude reflects back more on him and his state of mind than on those he’s pointing out scornfully. Probably didn’t help that his primary philosophical mentor was Schopenhauer. Either way, Nietzsche remains a bit of a mystery to me. He wanted so much to see himself as belonging among the “ubermensch” he so admired, and yet his health and personal disposition held him back, and this he seemed unable to come to terms with. I study him for this reason — Nietzsche appeared to be a walking paradox in his own right.

Yesterday I began listening to Jon Taffer’s book Raise the Bar in order to gain more insight into the bar and hospitality industry and general management. Just an intrigue for me at present.

Two audiobooks ordered today that I look forward to getting to in weeks to come are Tribes by Seth Godin and The War of Art by Steven Pressfield.

As for print books, the main one I’ve been picking up recently out of my collection is Art and Artist by Otto Rank. Have a long way to go before completing that one though. Not an easy read by any stretch. But I’ve heard so much about it and feel compelled to take in his ideas, knowing how much of an impact they had on other authors whose work I respected, like Ernest Becker.

New reading material for 2016

Figured I’d list on here some of the books I’ve ordered and plan to read over the coming weeks and months. It’s an eclectic mix, like usual.

The one I’m most excited to finally delve into is Sheldon S. Wolin’s Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism. Had that one in my wishlist for several years now and then noticed recently it’s available in audio format on Audible. Audiobooks are more my speed at the present time. So, looking forward to that one and its explanation of how economics and politics have fused within the American system and how this has created a new form of totalitarianism unlike what was witnessed in Europe and Asia around the time of the World Wars, albeit capable of being very destructive and controlling in its own right. Those who know me know I speak a lot on the encroaching threat of totalitarianism in the U.S., and with any luck this book will aid me in further fleshing out what I’m trying to make sense of so that I am better able to articulate these concerns in speech and writing.

Since I’ve been really digging the works of Dr. James Hollis, I ordered another of his audiobooks titled The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Midlife. Read very positive reviews on it. Been listening to his Through the Dark Wood and Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life each a couple of times now with plans to continue re-listening as time goes on. Because this is an important subject for this phase in my life and he’s the only author/psychologist I’ve found thus far who’s resonated with me in illuminating this fork in the road.

Another I ordered from Audible is Erich Fromm’s Greatness and Limitations of Freud’s Thought. Am an avid fan of the writings of Erich Fromm, having now read approximately 11 books by him over the years. Though I’m already familiar with his critiques of Freud, I figured this would still prove to be a worthwhile listening experience while out and about during the day.

The print books I ordered recently and have yet to pick up since they were delivered to my former companion’s house (can’t have books or anything else delivered to my apartment seeing as how my neighbors like to steal packages) include Ego and Archetype by Edward Edinger. Read good reviews on that one while searching for more Jungian authors to explore ideas with. Another is The Gnostic Jung and the Seven Sermons to the Dead by Stephan A Hoeller. For kicks, I also decided to try Nathaniel Branden’s How to Raise Your Self-Esteem: The Proven Action-Oriented Approach to Greater Self-Respect and Self-Confidence. Heard mixed stuff on that guy, but ah well. And then, the wild card of the bunch: The Satanic Witch by Anton LaVey. Yep, that one promises to be an oddball, never having read anything from that man or any other self-proclaimed satanist. That book just came across my radar by chance when someone on youtube complained that we Western women are basically being lulled into following exactly down that particular path in terms of our behaviors and attitudes, so I wanted to read it for myself to see what that guy was going on about.

So, these should keep me busy for a little while. Oh, and one other book I borrowed off someone recently is I Hate You, Don’t Leave Me by Jerold J. Kreisman and Hal Strauss. It’s about the so-called Borderline Personality Disorder. Just curious to read what was written about it in 1991, skeptical as I can’t help but be when it comes to psychiatric jargon and claims.

Then this morning while typing this I noticed Audible gave me a free copy of Charles Dickens’ The Chimes. So there’s that one now too to eventually get to.

End of the year reading material

Wrapping up yet another year. Normally New Year’s Eve is my favorite holiday, but this year it looks like I won’t be celebrating it in my customary ways thanks to a bastard of a cold taking me over. Sneezing, sniffling, coughing, and eye watering isn’t conducive to a fun night out on the town. So after I finish today’s appointments and grab some grub I’ll be holing up in the ol’ apartment and sipping tea while entertaining myself online the rest of the evening.

Currently I’d like to share a few more titles of books I’ve taken up time with recently. Beginning with James Hollis’ Through the Dark Wood: Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, which I really appreciated and will be re-listening to in this upcoming year. Provides a ton of food for thought that is very timely and sorely needed.

After that I listened to the audio version of James Hollis’ Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life: How to Finally, Really Grow Up, which I also very much liked and needed to take in and will be re-listening to in months to come. Can discuss these titles in greater depth another time when my head is a bit clearer and I possess more energy.

Sent my cousin a copy of Hollis’ Under Saturn’s Shadow: The Wounding and Healing of Men but haven’t had a chance to read that one yet myself. Plan to do so eventually.

One audiobook I listened to recently but didn’t much care for was Brené Brown’s Rising Strong. Having listened to her TED Talks on shame in the past, this was the first book of hers I decided to delve into. It contained some useful nuggets, but overall it didn’t really deliver the type of information I was seeking at the time. Learned a bit more about her background and Texas upbringing, which was interesting, but she’s focused nowadays on organizational leadership and so her material is more oriented in that direction.

I am currently in the middle of listening to the audio format of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Notes From the Underground and am enchanted with it. Speaks a language I comprehend, perhaps more so than I ought to admit. Another I’d like to discuss in more detail in the future.

The print book I’m currently nearing the end of is Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success. It’s proved to be a very interesting read and has a feel not dissimilar to books like Freakonomics. Recommended it to a friend and may lend him my copy once I’m through with it. It’s entertaining and engaging while providing us with more background information on people like Bill Gates and Bill Joy and how they seized the unique opportunities afforded to them early on that opened up the possibilities for their future career ambitions. The book’s primary focus is on how external variables play into the provision of opportunities and how that combined with our own dedication as well as cultural and social conditioning can lead to successful outcomes, at least in some cases. Basically he’s poking a hole in the notion that success is solely determined by the individual “pulling himself up by his bootstraps” and rather typically involves a perfect storm of opportunities being made available (right place, right time in history) and one being resourceful enough to take advantage of them. A worthwhile read.

Those are the books I’ve been dallying with in December 2015. Just ordered a few more that should arrive next week.

Fall reading material

It’s time once again to list a few of the books I’ve been taking up time with recently.

First on the list that I found very interesting and thought-provoking was Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s audiobook AntiFragile. Basically it’s about how so much in life can be assessed as belonging along a spectrum ranging from fragile to robust to antifragile, where fragile describes that which is damaged by change and time and volatility, where robustness signifies that which is neutral and unaffected either way by time or volatility, and antifragility where something actually grows stronger and benefits from damage and volatility, up to a point at least. Here the author is primarily concerned with economics and the fragility of current financial markets, particularly as globalization unfolds and greater centralization is taking place, creating a situation where many businesses are so big that they’re indeed destined to fail and also to impact entire sectors and markets when they do. He’s making an argument in this book that bolsters the libertarian philosophy and spirit of bottom-up entrepreneurship and competition within a market that then can lead to greater stability across the market itself, even if not among those individual businesses therein. The fragility of the parts coalesce to promote greater antifragility in the system they belong to. In short, keeping things small and local is oftentimes the best way to go in the long-run, and here Taleb explains why.

It’s a more complex argument than I can get into here today, but this was a truly interesting book that I intend to listen to again as well as purchase the print copy of so as to transcribe a few portions. Definitely a worthwhile read for those interested in social systems and the limits of forecasting and predictability.

Another book I finished up listening to in audio format recently was F. A. Hayek’s Road to Serfdom. Loved it and am glad I took the time to check into this book, having heard about it secondhand throughout my life. What I found most interesting is how many people have co-opted phrases and quotes from Hayek and then repurposed them to support causes that actually completely contradict what he was arguing for (as in the case of neocons/corporatists branding themselves as “libertarians” and skewing the whole notion in a way that has done much harm to people’s understanding of libertarian principles). For a while now I’ve realized it would be a good idea to go directly to the source to see for myself what he actually had to say instead of taking the words of others speaking on his behalf as accurate, and I’m so glad I did. As with the case of Adam Smith, most who bandy about Hayek’s name apparently haven’t read his works themselves. His arguments in this book aren’t automatically pro-capitalist in nature (at least not so far as being strictly against all forms of regulation), though he is very critical of socialism due to its inevitability to lead to totalitarianism within large, complex nation-states. His writing struck me as surprisingly even-handed and non-ideologically-driven, counter to so many who use his name in vain to bolster their own ideologically-driven agendas (still looking at you, corporatists).

Out of all the libertarian thinkers and economists I’ve read thus far, Hayek really captured a lot of my own thoughts and concerns and addressed them intelligently without unnecessary hyperbolic denouncements or framing opposing arguments as simply “evil” or corrupt in origin (again, unlike so many who borrow quotes from the man to support their own us vs. them arguments). In this book Hayek explained how German citizens around the time of the World Wars bought into such logic with presumably good intentions, not realizing how concentrating power in the hands of the State would surely backfire over time, as was also the case within communist countries. And he warned about the future of England and America, clearly seeing our own emerging drives toward a top-down approach to promoting economic “fairness” and “equality.” Now, a century later, I read his words as quite prophetic and illuminating in terms of how we arrived where we are now and where this likely will lead us in due time if we continue this course (though, even he admits, there may be a point of no return where we can’t simply change the tides and choose another direction since we, as a nation, become thoroughly entrenched in a particular worldview that we come to take for granted, thanks in part to the use of propaganda across several generations).

It was an excellent read that I also intend to listen to again as well as purchase the print copy for in-depth transcribing purposes. I find his writing to be a definite complement to that of Taleb’s mentioned above, as well as the numerous German, Austrian and Jewish authors from around that same time period whom I’ve taken up time reading over the years. Would love to find a way to weave their arguments and positions together so as to demonstrate a collective body of works does exist and has attempted to call people of the last century’s attention toward what exactly we’re creating (short-sighted intentions aside) and the follies inherent to following such a path. Too many of these authors have either remained obscure, ignored, or had their ideas taken out of context and repurposed to support the very missions they were critical of. Goes back to the notion that we live in topsy-turvy times (as I describe them) where white is referred to as black and slavery is exalted as freedom — basically, you can’t believe half of what you hear anymore since so many words and concepts are turned upon themselves and utilized to depict nearly the opposite of what they were originally intended for or otherwise are watered down to the point of losing all real substance and meaning (as Hayek himself even remarked on in this book).

Now, the third book I will mention here is one I am still working through (again, in audio format since that’s more my speed these days) but am finding fairly intriguing so far. It’s Erich Fromm’s book You Shall Be as Gods: A Radical Interpretation of the Old Testament and Its Tradition. Here he goes into exploring the Jewish tradition and its scriptures, examining the various ways they might be interpreted and explaining concepts that many religious persons have long since ceased being able or willing to grasp (such as the notion of God being the nameless and how idolatry is something one has to be diligently conscious about avoiding, seeing as how it’s the norm for people to turn to, even when they consider themselves “true believers”). I’m not far enough along in this book to speak much more on it at this time. Just following along and pondering what he’s pointing to and aiming to shine light on. Initially I found the book a bit boring, but a few chapters in it’s becoming quite interesting.

The last book I’ll mention here is nothing like the first three and was received as a birthday present from my brother. It’s Randall Munroe’s What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions. A humorous and light read for those who find this sort of thing entertaining, which I imagine many would. The author is the creator of a site that showcases his stick figure webcomics titled XKCD. Just a funny little read for passing the time while waiting in line or stopping in for lunch. Very gift-worthy.

Early October reading material

Today I finished up Eckhart Tolle’s audiobook The Power of Now finally. Hmmm. What can I say about it? Out of 5 stars I’d probably only give it 3 or 3.5. The reason being that, while it had some interesting information therein such as choosing to consciously take the observer role inside of our own minds to witness our reactive tendencies and emotions without acting on them, its ultimate message about doing away with the ego and any sense of separation or individual identity strikes me not only as unrealistic for most of us but also leaves me wondering if that’s even the healthiest thing for most folks to attempt. To a point, yes, but life seems to call for balance, not simply for us to lose our sense of self so as to avoid pain and conflict.

I get what he was saying about how so much comes down to being a matter of perspective and how our stories of duality have created much of what we consider “good” and “evil” despite these being arbitrary designations. HOWEVER, I continue to believe that there are certain extremes that certainly indeed are evil and can corrupt people to nearly irreparable extents, even if this doesn’t prove universally true to all people who endure such traumas. That’s not an excuse, just an observation. I grasp his idea of trying to separate oneself from what he refers to as the “pain body,” and I see the benefit and need in doing so…  Yet still, I’m left disturbed by the idea of letting nothing external affect oneself. That seems like a detachment from life and living in the most human sense.

There is much more to life than simply pleasure, this we know. Surely we will benefit from a change in perception but what he’s encouraging in that book seems like it would numb people off to the enjoyment of pleasure as much as it might reduce the sensation of emotional pain. And this is where Eastern philosophies of old tend to lose me.

It was an interesting book to listen to and I replayed a few parts in it over again to make sure his message could soak in. It’s just not a book I’d likely share with others since I doubt they’d appreciate it much or even know really what to do with his teachings. I’ll take from it what I can and try to carry that forward, but perhaps I like being an individuated person who isn’t interested in avoiding all drama, and perhaps that’s okay too. Maybe that’s a sign that I prefer to remain “unconscious,” as he put it, and so be it if that’s the case. I’m not convinced that all human problems would cease to be if we simply returned (or transcended) ourselves to a state of letting everything roll off our backs. Though I do believe he’s absolutely correct that there does need to be more focus on the here and now and the actions we take today, nevermind the past or whatever plans we might dream about for the future.

The next audiobook I began listening to today is Carl Jung’s Modern Man in Search of a Soul.