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The Force of Character: And the Lasting Life Hardcover – August 17, 1999
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Hillman discusses the three major changes that character undergoes in later life. First is "lasting," which is the desire to live as long as possible. Next is "leaving," where we change from holding on to letting go, and our character becomes more exposed and confirmed. The final stage is "left": "what is left after you have left," and Hillman interweaves all the connotations of that word. --Joan Price
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The marvelous "High School" chapter reminded me of my six years of Jr/Sr high school. Daily I entered the school building through a door over which was etched in stone "Knowledge is Power". Yes, good advice for young students. But now we know (p. 168) that Character is power- refined, controlled, salubrious, everlasting. Que la force (de caract`ere) soit avec toi, Docteur!
I got alot out of what he said - but not all. He's a philosopher for sure. But there were some real gems... such as his take on grandparents, cosmetic surgery, and of course what character is in a round about way - the essense of us. What we are - what becomes magnified as we age and what we leave behind. I am really glad that I stuck with it - I got alot out of it =>
I have assimulated his philosophy into my own. It makes perfect sense, since I have always asked.. "Why would God have so many people suffer with old age?" This book talks about us as if "we" are the purpose of life: to develop, understand and grow a soul. The reflective tendencies of old age help us gain perspective and make us ready to decide what was good and bad...sorta making us a more worthwhile conversationalist for God on the other side. Our body weaknessess help in various ways and he elaborates.
Excellent book to give you vision and understanding. I highly reccommend it.
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For me it is always a challenge intellectually to read Hillman's books, but I enjoy reading them because of his writing style and subject matter.Published 9 days ago by Richard Hedlund
James Hillman is THE author to go to re: Archetypal Psychology. A great follow-up to The Soul's Code.Published 9 months ago by Michael E. Royal
An understanding of the expectations of the aging process. Deal with it!Published 11 months ago by Regina G. Lyons
This book helped me value the insights of my Christian Faith and the eternal value and destiny of human life without being explicitly religious or Chrstian. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Robert Schwartz