Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Way We Are” as Want to Read:
The Way We Are
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Way We Are

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  35 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Allen Wheelis starts from the premise that human beings do not know themselves because deception—including self-deception—is not only a strategy for survival, it is the basis of the social contract whereby man trades his individual freedom for the security of a tribe or state. Are we really motivated by ideals such as freedom, equality, and justice? In fact these are only ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published August 17th 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published August 1st 2006)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Way We Are, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Way We Are

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Sep 15, 2015 Zoltan rated it it was amazing
It is a short book, concise, and cuts to the core of the human condition. Death, consciousness, love and power: the things we all are struggling with. It was written near the end of his life, with great clarity, but somehow with little hope or optimism. This is the way we are.

In one sense, it's comforting to know that I'm not alone, that everyone is struggling with these, that this is the human condition. On the other hand, I hope, I hope there is hope.
Sep 19, 2007 Stephen rated it it was ok
A thoroughly pessimistic book of "philosophy," I found it interesting, but Wheelis, though a practicing psychoanalyst, seems only able to rehash Schopenhauer, Hobbes, and Foucault, among other. Better to read the originals.
Apr 01, 2008 Maribel rated it liked it
Psychology and philosophy, my two favorite subjects. This is a short book but there is so much to think about in every paragraph. It was thoroughly thought provoking either inciting positive or negative reactions to his personally developed ideas.
Cassie Helferich
Cassie Helferich rated it really liked it
Jun 19, 2008
Athena rated it really liked it
Jul 22, 2007
William rated it really liked it
Apr 21, 2009
Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Jan 12, 2016
Paula Vee
Paula Vee rated it really liked it
Nov 14, 2011
Joann Murphey
Joann Murphey rated it really liked it
Sep 01, 2013
Albert Horner
Albert Horner rated it it was amazing
Jun 08, 2015
Amanda rated it really liked it
Sep 05, 2012
Sabrina rated it did not like it
Oct 17, 2015
Masahiro Jackson
Masahiro Jackson rated it it was amazing
Aug 07, 2012
Carly Trask-Kuchta
Carly Trask-Kuchta rated it liked it
Jul 06, 2015
Tameca rated it really liked it
Mar 31, 2013
Hank rated it it was amazing
May 05, 2015
Bill Reese
Bill Reese rated it really liked it
Apr 14, 2009
Caleb Liu
Caleb Liu rated it it was ok
Jan 13, 2008
Gary rated it it was amazing
Feb 13, 2013
M. Sarki
M. Sarki rated it liked it
Jun 07, 2011
Karin Shelton
Karin Shelton rated it really liked it
Jan 31, 2014
Ven rated it it was amazing
Aug 17, 2013
Rachel rated it really liked it
Feb 24, 2013
Danielle Hilworth
Danielle Hilworth rated it really liked it
Jul 15, 2016
Jack Lyndon Thomas
Jack Lyndon Thomas rated it really liked it
Apr 30, 2014
Aira rated it really liked it
Jun 20, 2012
banditqueen rated it really liked it
Mar 03, 2014
Ruxandra rated it really liked it
Jul 16, 2013
Tessa rated it really liked it
May 14, 2010
Juana Olga Barrios
Juana Olga Barrios rated it really liked it
Feb 12, 2008
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“I remember a spring night in a school auditorium, during the rehearsal of a play. I am thirteen. I am weary of the farce, weary of the silliness of the cast, of our endless horseplay, mindlessness. A scene in which I have no part is being rehearsed; I stand in an open door at the rear of the dark and empty hall. A storm is under way. The door is on the lee of the building, and I step out under the overhang. The rain swirls and beats. Lightning reveals a familiar schoolyard in a ghostly light. I feel a sudden poignancy. Images strike my mind. The wind is the scream of a lost spirit, searching the earth and finding no good, recalling old bereavements, lashing the land with tears. Consciousness leaves my body, moves out in time and space. I undergo an expanding awareness of self, of separateness, of time flowing through me, bearing me on, knowing I have a chance, the one chance all of us have, the chance of a life, knowing a time will come when nothing lies ahead and everything lies behind, and hoping I can then look back and feel it well spent. How, in the light of fixed stars, should one live?” 2 likes
More quotes…