"We each are struggling to confirm through the judgments of
the outside world a broad collection of individual self-images
that are entirely irrational. When we can't do it, we each
become sick. Year by year by year, sick at heart, sick of mind.
We constantly look for our true selves in the eyes of others,
but the truth isn't there. ... I have come to accept that many
of humanity's worst problems are the problems of this malady,
which I call Identity Failure."
Beyond Me explores Identity Failure's sweeping destructive impact on individuals and society in a story told often through the author's intense personal experiences and uncompromising, highly original self-analysis. But Beyond Me also finds an innate love within every individual, the fundamental desire to be, to exist. And the book presents a new full-blown philosophy called Rational Faith based on this innate love, offering that rational approach to living as a solution to Identity Failure. Beyond Me demonstrates convincingly that human beings can enjoy healthier, more fulfilled lives and raise healthier, well-balanced children through transcending the ego's immediate self-interest in favor of a deeper, innate love that inspires individuals to help other people unconditionally.
Robert Spencer Knotts is the author of 24 previous published books, most of these for young readers and written under the name Bob Knotts or a pseudonym. He also has written five plays, numerous poems, fables, blogs, lyrics and other literary works. In addition, Knotts is a lifelong musician who has composed more than 100 compositions including "A Symphony of Some Humanity - Symphony #1 for Strings and Choir" and "All, In Joyful Song - A Carol In Three Movements."
In 2005, he founded the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Humanity Project, and still serves as the group's president and primary program creator. Based in South Florida, the Humanity Project teaches respect for the unconditional equal value of every human being. Three core concepts form the foundation of every Humanity Project program: respect for all, the importance of diversity and the need for self-worth. thehumanityproject.com
Knotts is among fewer than 50,000 Americans whose biography is included in the Marquis "Who's Who In America" and "Who's Who in the World," the standard biographical references. rsknotts.com