- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Hay House, Inc.; 4 edition (May 5, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401945236
- ISBN-13: 978-1401945237
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
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Life's Operating Manual: with the Fear and Truth Dialogues Paperback – May 5, 2014
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Tom Shadyac has written more than a book, but really a message that should be shared around the world!!! Every chapter, even those that present points I do not completely agree with, provide a message that makes you think about how you go about your own life, and how you affect the ppl & world around you! I am genuinely thankful for having the opportunity to read this book, and I think everyone should at least check it out!
Reading about the author, I am glad to see that he lives what he preaches, changing his life so drastically, and giving back to so many in so many ways on a regular basis! Not to mention the fact that he gets zero profit from this book and donates it all to charities from the Foundation for I Am, which I first heard about when I saw his documentary I Am.
Instead of numbing himself to the emptiness with any of today's drug and alcoholic escapes, Shadyac decided to look inside himself. Following the advice he saw in the writings of those special savants down through the ages, everyone from Jesus to Ralph Waldo Emerson, and his friend, Morgan Freeman.
Chapter by chapter, with the wise sayings of our elder brothers and sister, Shadyac explores the idea that it's our world that's broken, not us. We are trapped in a world that goes against Nature, and therefore it goes against the laws of the Divine, which means that our worldly laws can only fail. And make us sick in the meanwhile.
Shadyac expounds on the idea that our news is filled with the darker side of life because it's actually foreign to our nature, something I hadn't really thought about before. We find it titillating because it's out of the norm and against our nature, just as we all slow down to see an accident on the road because it's out of the norm.
We certainly aren't amazed and ready to sit down to watch reports on the news of the traffic going perfectly and everyone doing the right thing, because it's what we expect.
According to what Shadyac learned through reading the works of the big thinkers, is that humans are hardwired to be kind and cooperate with each other because any organism in nature that doesn't work for the good of all, will soon kill the organism.
Think of how cancer is really just a few of your cells being greedy and taking more than they can use until they overrun and kill the body.
In another chapter Shadyac talks about is the idea that it was the advent of agriculture that started us down the road away from the divine laws of nature.
Suddenly we could stay in one place and start to accumulate more things then we could use ourselves. Civilization could begin, and the hunter gather society that we'd been living under for nearly 200,000 years could be set aside.
No longer would we have to cooperate to live. No longer would we have to honor the earth and her seasons and the animals that we hunted. With agriculture, we could store up food and stay in one place, laying claim to `our' piece of the earth.
Now we could fight for what was `ours' and raise armies and enslave each other to work more than then we could use just for ourselves. Fences went up to divide us from one another, and without the need for small tribes to interact with each other, different societies could grow more firm in their prejudices allowing for the killing of those who were `different' with no remorse.
I find it ironic that when we humans are given time off from our work, we tend to go back out to nature to hunt, and fish, and live in tents, as if we had only temporally taken up the trappings of a civilization.
This idea has always been a favorite of mine, though I didn't know that someone had written a book on it.
Shadyac's life was completely turned around by the book Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, which is the idea that our culture(from the root word cult) has seduced us. The idea that someone else has implanted ideas in our head that we claim as our own like in the movie Inception.
Anyone who's spent some time in junior high and high school, will identify with the insane way that kids emulate one another, sometimes down the long road to destruction, no matter what they've been taught differently at home.
At the end of each chapter, after putting forth his idea, Shadyac then has a back and forth question and answer between `Fear' and Truth'. I have to say that fear has been present in my head more often then not.
It's easy to see how we're tricked into thinking less of ourselves by fear which paralyses us into doing what we're told rather than what our heart tells us.
This is a wonderful book that gives a clear message about what life's really about. It truly is life's operation manual.
We have to look at the circles in which he navigates. Many of which are filled with conspicuous consumption, which also sets a standard to the common public. He is standing up and saying that material possessions/outward living is not the way to happiness. He may be extreme for some, but the message is very clear.
His chapter on happiness is the most thorough and concisely written that I have read. He has given quite a bit of thought on this and I loved every word of the chapter.
I also like that he questions his questions and puts it into writing for the reader. (truth/fear)
I'm glad that he is setting a new standard for what we actually need. We are now a globally connected in all ways and he is helping people see that we can help others by valuing the simple things of life as well as sharing with others. He has taken the time and continues to take the time for the inward journey...the infinite journey. Perhaps, it is the most difficult and rewarding one, and encourages others to do so as well. He is not hiding himself, but putting it out there for people to see. That is very courageous. Kudos.