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First liked it ...but then not so much any more
on September 5, 2008
I first very much liked this book and wanted it to never end. But then I came upon a few stories of people which grated with me because they depicted the person as much too positive. For example, C. G. Jung is described as nothing as a genius and saint. Unfortunately, his real life was far from saintly. For example, he was very nasty to his wife and tortured her by inviting his mistress for years to every family Sunday lunch.
Another story that is much too positive is that of Joseph Smith, the founder of the mormon church. Joseph is described in the most positive way but the fact that he brought untold amount of suffering to thousands of women through introducing polygamy has been left out. Why, I wonder.
It also grated with me that there are a few stories included of soldiers who suffered in prison camps. Their traumas are described in great detail which made them appear as victims. However, the kind of atrocities these soldiers had committed to others were completely left out.
The biggest shocker came when I discovered that the story of Joan d'Arc (the French peasant girl who let the French into battle against the English)was included. Where was the moral judgement of the authors to include a story about 'divinely inspired' VIOLENCE??? They might as well have included Adolf Hitler because he (like so many other dictators) has claimed, as well, to be guided by 'Divine providence'.
All in all, a wonderful book that is marred by lack of honesty and failing moral judgement in places.