This is a different kind of book, which doesn't fit easily into any traditional categories. Excerpts from the Author Q & A on our website:
Q. What is a holistic view?
A. This holistic view looks at many areas of our culture and how they affect each other; how they are intertwined. To make it easier to read, the essays are divided into six sections: Introduction, Knowledge, Spirituality, Values, War & Colonization, and Wisdom. But all these subjects are related to all the others. We don’t really know how to see this connection, because we are raised to view life as being composed of discreet segments, but this is a blind way to live.
Q. Do you know anyone else who agrees with you in your view?
A. I don't know if anyone agrees with me in every detail, but, yes, I do know people who believe as I do. This is actually how I came to many of the ideas presented in the book - through conversations with people outside of our culture, who taught me a new way to look at life. Though the points presented in the book seem radical to people in our society, to others they are obvious; I haven't said anything these people don't know already.
Q. What are some of the controversial ideas in your book?
A. For example, I dispute that education is good. We think education is about knowledge, and knowledge is power, but education is really about indoctrination. Another example of a non-conventional idea in the book is that I believe we are harming the people of Third-World countries when we give them aid. In reality, we are just trying to help ourselves, and our aid actually hurts the people in these countries, on multiple levels.
I also dispute that our culture is the most advanced that humankind has ever seen. Our belief that we are advanced is based on this type of logic: “We already know we are the most advanced civilization on the planet > Our civilization has science and technology, a constitution, and written language > Therefore, the most advanced civilizations have science and technology, a constitution, and written language > Since we have science and technology, a constitution, and written language, we are the most advanced civilization on the planet…” In other words, we have a “We’re the most advanced because we have defined everything about our culture as ‘the most advanced’” attitude. But a critical look at our civilization questions this belief.
Q. Why should I read this book?
A. If we want to improve our society or make ourselves better people, we have to be able to look critically at what’s been done and what’s being done in order to assess what isn’t working. Just telling ourselves things are getting better doesn’t lead to any real improvement. If we want to increase our understanding, we have to be able to look at the flaws in our beliefs in order to see life clearly, and this book shows us those flaws. Look for Our Mother and Our Father will almost surely show you something about your life that you will be glad to know.
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