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Detour from Normal Paperback – December 12, 2013
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Ken Dickson lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Beth, four lovable dogs, a rescue rat (who in a former life survived being fed to a python), and a goldfish saved from certain death after a college research project. He has two daughters attending college who never cease to amaze him. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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I have taken medications for seemingly normal issues, and I wonder just how much they messed with my chemistry.
I could not put his book down. There were times I felt like the author went into too much detail and went off on a tangent or two about things that didn't seem relevant but it didn't deter me from reading this book. Those tangents are something that prove just how far gone we can be and for how long, and it's excruciating emotional pain that we never asked for or anticipated that lubricates the path to what some would call "Nutsville".
I hope the author has a beautiful life now, but like him, I feel not quite understood in this life. I had a NDE, have Complex PTSD from surviving a brutal attack. I find the simple things to be most beautiful. I don't worship money or material things, and place a lot of value on things that cannot be bought like love, peace...
I think those brushes with the darkness and insanity, even being enveloped in darkness, put us in a different mindset.
We know the world cannot be perfect, people realistically cannot be without negative mindsets and emotions, because it's pretty much programmed into us from the beginning that those horrible emotions and suffering are a part of life. Death, pain, cancer, wars, wounds, divorce, famine, etc have a way of happening no matter what, but you know, I wonder if it's because those situations present like the only choice..that they are chosen at all.
What if..life, reconciliation, forgiveness, beauty, kindness, understanding, compassion, compromise, global love..were the only choices we were offered. Would life be different if we focus our energies on the positive?
We can choose beauty.
We can choose happy.
We can dwell on what is wonderful.
It's society and life that teaches us that being an idealist, being positive and happy is a mental illness, because for some reason, people think if we are any of those things, that we've gone off the deep end and aren't aware of reality. I don't really believe in Utopia, but I wish for it, because I hate that people suffer.
Our brains are very powerful, and we do not yet know how to tap into it's abilities. Someday I hope we can actually manipulate our scenery with our minds..it seems like a neat idea.
Folks like the author and myself..we have been on our knees, because we've been reduced to our very base soul, from a source outside of ourselves who had us at it's mercy. We know what it's like to be decimated by emotional suffering and pain, but also, we have seen the other side of that suffering and pain.
We've seen emotional freedom. We've seen that all the crap we distract and surround ourselves with is just something to keep us from achieving enlightenment and happiness. We find ways to evolve as humans once we remove the value from the distractions, and it makes our relationships and lives richer.
I've yet to see why that makes us nutjobs.
I think we are actually AWAKE to the propaganda that we are fed.
Life is actually beautiful. Love is beautiful. Each day, moment is precious. Everyone is not our enemy. Our souls, lives..they matter. Humans matter, not the BS distraction.
I got what the author was saying.
I too have been hurt and in some way, destroyed by that monster, but I too came out on the other side.