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The Good Life: The Moral Individual in an Antimoral World Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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“Powerful, meaningful, and thorough…. She is not neutral in her gritty analysis….Her style, clean and sharp...does not suffer minds ‘immune to reason.'” ―Publishers Weekly (starred)
About the Author
Cheryl Mendelson is the author of the bestselling Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House, as well as three novels. She received her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Rochester and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She has practiced law in New York City and teaches philosophy at Barnard College. Her next book, on the subject of marriage, is to be published by Bloomsbury in 2013. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.
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People like this Mendelson woman are "moral" posers. This book is Total trash - but then again, who would trust a failed "attorney" to get moral advice? Yet, as an attorney, and as an instructor, I at least expected well researched information, you know - facts - but this book is written as a poor opinionated rant, with no facts, nor reason. She can't help herself but indulge in political liberal nonsense, even bashing Bush and apologizing for Obama, and identifying herself as morally conservative with a liberal cause.
Cheryl thinks by automatically making oneself and their desires "right", then we can frame a moral framework around our lives, and those who disagree with it, are immoral, or those who come from a "pre-moral" religious faith, are immoral as well.
If you dare have a fabricated moral sense - like being against abortions (her reasoning: babies have no feelings, experiences, or reason, so it's moral to kill them - while, she ridicules expectant parents for loving a "thing," since fetuses aren't really a person.) Now, from a pure reasoning standpoint, does she have evidence for this? Arguing killing unborn children is moral since a baby never experienced reason or feelings, is as ridiculous as saying hunger doesn't exist in Africa because they've never experienced a full stomach.
The whole book is like this, just narcissistic, biased and opinionated gibberish, with no sense of reason or fact. She believes her bias is right, and that's all the bibliography she needs, she is the authority, superior than any jokester like, well, Moses, Jesus, or Dante. She isn't ordained by God, but ordained by failed credentials, hiding away and lurking in the classrooms and dark corners of NY. (And, the "bad" lawyers and partners she rants about in her book are - Jewish liberals, not "Anglo's" as she wants you to believe.) So let's look strictly from the point of view of biology: any medical professional will tell you a fetus has a heart beat by 18 days, and brain waves by 6 weeks. Oddly, a 6 week old fetus has more of a heart and brain than this author. Hey, let's even use reason here - if we declare the point of "death" the moment the brain dead, then shouldn't we declare "life" when the brain comes alive? That's at 6 weeks.
Throughout this book, Cheryl practices little self examination, but a whole lot of contemplation about "the far right," and invented a "far-right" boogeyman throughout this book in order to feel self righteous. If there wasn't a "far-right," there would be no book, because Cheryl has no sense of independent morals other than to bash religious folks or those who hold politically opposite views.
It's sad, this deluded author who failed in the real world should have just stuck with her strength and that is, cleaning the house; there are no new ideas here, just scary ones that have overthrown nations and supported genocide and negative eugenics. BTW, Martha Stewart is much more helpful and reasonable than this woman who suggests cleaning your whole house with FABULOSO, which obviously, she inhaled its fumes before sitting down and publishing this piece. This book is pitiful and not full of "reasonable" arguments as she promises.
If you want to protect your home from clutter, filth, and trash, avoid this book like it's a liberal plague. If she would do America a moral favor and stay away from our innocent children, step aside, and let Dante map out and teach morality before her little biased path to nowhere, perhaps then, she can at least move toward redeeming herself in her lifetime. In 100 Years of Solitude, a liberal character is frozen to ice because liberals' hearts are ice cold. In Dante's Inferno, hell is completely frozen over. This book is another example of why this is the case - it's an ice cold, human-less book.
Here's a piece of moral advice that has nothing to do with politics or religion: don't lie, cheat, or steal - hey, you don't even have to believe in God or pay overpaid academics who failed in the real world - all you have to believe in, is the Good.