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Read it and make up your own mind,
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This review is from: Care of the Soul : A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life (Paperback)
I agree wholeheartedly with Thomas Moore's assertion that "loss of soul" is a major problem facing us today. People who are cut off from soulful family and friendship may find themselves in a cultural void, a barren world where problems are solved with pills and the media replaces real community. We have lost ourselves in the chaotic din and senseless rush. We are more sophisticated than ever, yet we remain unsatisfied. Do we know what will really satisfy us? Can we be still and take an honest look at ourselves? Are we making the best use of the one short life that has been given us?
If you recognise these questions, then 'Care of the Soul' might help you begin to answer them. Moore has a sense of the sanctity of human life, he urges us to see each life as precious and has respect for what each individual presents, however unpleasant it may seem. Every story and pathology is meaningful and can reveal truths about not just the individual but also about their family and society. When I first read the book I was most impressed by the chapter on narcissism, which remains the most authoratative account of self-love I have read. We are used to hearing that we must love ourselves before we can truly love another, but do we really know how? Moore correctly interprets the story of Narcissus not simply as an example of the symptom of narcissism, which is how it is often misinterpreted, but as the myth of true self-love, and he tells it with the insight you might expect from a therapist. This alone was a revelation and changed my life. I wonder if when Narcissus recognises himself he is experiencing the well~known 'Thou Art That' of Indian philosophy.Other key themes such as jealousy, power and depression are explored also.
A previous reviewer wrote that Moore thinks we should not change. I think this is a misrepresentation. Change is an inevitable part of life and cannot be avoided. But the feeling that we need to be someone different is a rejection of ourselves. I think we have to accept our past before we can be free of it, then change occurs naturally, out of stillness and reflection. Other reviewers have discussed what age range this is suitable for, Moore himself says that it is never too early or too late to begin caring for the soul. I read it in my early twenties and wish I had read it sooner, I know people who are much older and would still benefit from it`s message.
This book is the best introduction to spiritual life I have read and I feel grateful for it almost every day.
Thankyou Mr. Moore!
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Initial post: Sep 8, 2013 5:02:24 PM PDT
J. McCain says:
I'm an "old" lady of 53, and I've still got quite an open mind, although I'd say that I've discovered some truths about life (mine anyway) that probably will not change regardless of which book I read, but who knows? When I was younger I couldn't possibly have imagined all the amazing, wonderful, fascinating, and horrible things I would learn by now, and I've had a very challenging life, so I have found out a great deal about human nature and life in general. Everyone needs to keep their mind open, not just the chronologically young. If you stay young in mind and heart, you will never be too old to grasp unfamiliar concepts, ones that could even change your life for the better. No one knows everything; not the old or the young. There will always be new things to learn. Nuf said.
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