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Knowing The Path: The case for a better humanity through science, spirituality, and personal observation by a young Haitian Paperback – January 6, 2011
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Tanael Joachim grew up in a town called Gonaives, in the lower North of Haiti. He attended primary and middle school in his hometown. Later, in 2004, he moved to Port-au-Prince, the capital, to attend high school. Upon completion of his high school education in 2008, he came to the United States to pursue higher learning. Tanael is interested in multiple disciplines, with a strong emphasis on philosophy, cosmology, and spirituality. He currently resides in New York.
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The book has a surprisingly sterile quality considering the subject matter. While the writing style is articulate, it lacks passion. Even when convey snippets from his own life, Joachim is surprisingly neutral in the presentation. This clinical neutrality to the subject matter makes it difficult for the reader to embrace what is being said on an emotional level.
Without the emotional connection, we are left only with a chance to connect with the book cerebrally, and here too Joachim's tendency to speak broadly hurts the book. We may find ourselves nodding in agreement with some of his statements, but they are statements made in a void without substantiation. When he makes statements like "Communism wants just a few to be in control," it is an oversimplification of communism that is acceptable to those that already agree with him, but does not add anything to the greater debate if you want to engage those that don't already see things the same way. The book is riddled with excessively broad opinions stated as fact, without sufficient context or corroboration to substantiate them.
The book may appeal to those only recently confronting the greater questions of humanity. Knowing the Path can be a nice launch point for those interested in a deeper examination of the human condition, and provide some starting points to encourage further investigation. But individuals that have already read extensively on the subject matter will find the book too general and oversimplified to offer them additional insight.
Reviewer note: Author provided reviewer with a free copy.