We humans are social animals. We’re programmed to interact with others. We need companionship. Given that, can you imagine being the last of your raceWe humans are social animals. We’re programmed to interact with others. We need companionship. Given that, can you imagine being the last of your race/tribe?
This is the horrifying true story of Brazilian land owners pitted against the Indians (their word, not mine). This is the modern day; South American version of what happened to Native Americans in North America, except the technology has improved. According to Brazilian law, land in the areas featured cannot be developed if Indians are found on the land. Well, you can imagine how these land owners and developers feel about Indians. Some accuse those protecting the Indians, of shipping them in from other countries to stop development. The isolated nature of the area gives the bad folks an opportunity to remove the Indians themselves. Place your bets, 21st century weapons versus bows and arrows. Some examples ways they wiped out the Indians and removed all trace of their existence was despicable. It was as if the Indians were roaches and had to be exterminated. One particular sickening method still haunts me weeks after listening to it (audiobook). The Indians (like everyone) like sugar. Once, those seeking to eliminate the Indians dropped bags of sugar into a forest clearing for them. Once the entire village was there to retrieve it, they fire bombed them from helicopters. In another village, sugar packets laced with arsenic was given to the Indians. It was disgusting and made me ill. God forbid aliens would ever want the Earth for some purpose. I imagine humankind would be treated in similar fashion.
Another interesting aspect of the book was first contact. It was exciting to hear the description of what first contact is like. First, the Indian protectors left tools for the last of the tribe featured in the book. Then slowly you just observe each other from a distance. The Indian speaks his own unknown language so signing is very important. Then over a long period of time a cautious trust seems to develop, so you move closer while always showing you have no weapons as the ever-wary Indian keeps an arrow aimed at you. I won’t spoil it and tell you whether a rapport is established or not but it is one of the most captivating parts of the book.
Essentially, the question is, should this one man be able to die on his land and hold up its “development” that would likely benefit many others? The Brazilian government (with whom I obviously agree) says yes but, in these rural areas much corruption exists and a blind eye is turned toward this genocide. It is a moral dilemma for a developing country and is presented as the Trolley Car Problem. If you want to know more about the Trolley Car problem check out http://people.howstuffworks.com/troll....
Believe me; long after finishing this one, you won’t be able to stop thinking about it. ...more
Disclaimer: I am a believer. A believer that alien life exists and they have been visiting Earth as long as humanity has existed.
Where to begin on thiDisclaimer: I am a believer. A believer that alien life exists and they have been visiting Earth as long as humanity has existed.
Where to begin on this one? As I was listening to the excellent narration by Paul Castanzo, I kept thinking is this fiction or non-fiction? I came to the conclusion that it was categorized (in my mind) as historical fiction. Then I got to the Afterword and there it was officially stated that, "It is a project that involves science and history, politics and religion, fiction and non-fiction. All of these elements are woven together in an effort to express a singular truth."
This first book in a coming series captured all the key events in recent UFO history and weaved them into one coherent story/theory. Everything was there for believers including: Betty/Barney Hill, Men In Black, Roswell, Area 51, flying saucers, government projects such as Project Paperclip, and UFOs at US missile bases. This is the X-Files on a grand scale and made for an exciting read. The truth is out there and one day we’ll all know of it. ...more
This is a book I listened to for free on Audible Channels. It’s ironic because I usually can’t listen to an audiobook while working because I cannot fThis is a book I listened to for free on Audible Channels. It’s ironic because I usually can’t listen to an audiobook while working because I cannot focus solely upon it and this book is all about focusing upon what you are doing at THIS moment. Surprisingly, I was able (at least I feel I was able) to multi-task, listening and working. Granted, this is a slow time of the year and the work right now is not too arduous.
Again, this is another book where there isn't anything new. I’ve been on a little streak in which I’m encountering books where everything seems to be a rehash of what I already know. Could it be possible that I now know everything? LOL.
This book was less than a four hour listen and can be summed up by shifting from product to process. In other words, focus on what you are doing now as opposed to the future goal. If you are trying to learn a new skill, focus on the practice (what you are doing now) and don’t think about your ultimate goal for which you are undertaking the practice. Be in the present by simply learning and doing. This combines some Eastern philosophy which I encountered during my years of yoga practice (no mind, focus on what you’re doing now) with The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything...Fast. Simplify your activity, keep it short and take it slow, but keep at it.
As 99% of the narration I hear is typically great, I don’t comment on it unless there is something particular about which I need to call out. In this case, the narrator is also the author. His speech pattern of over enunciation was grating and sounded preachy. It was so annoying that if I paid for this one, I would have returned it....more
If you’ve read other books on this topic, I don’t feel there is much new here. However, I still believe this to be a worthy read because of all the inIf you’ve read other books on this topic, I don’t feel there is much new here. However, I still believe this to be a worthy read because of all the intriguing stories regarding past life experiences. I find these absolutely fascinating -- learning how children born to a new family can identify still living family members from a previous life and be able to tell stories that only the deceased (now living again) family member would know. So cool!
I think this aspect of reincarnation/past life experiences appeals to me because I am a time travel aficionado and I view this as a form of time travel. I would love to be hypnotized to see what past lives I may have lived. Then I don’t have to dream about time travel as I will then know I have already lived past lives. I’m sure I was always an average Joe just as I am today, but still, to know more is alluring. ...more
Whoa, this was not the longest book I've listened to, but it was the looongest book I've listened to. If you never thought banking was a dry topic befWhoa, this was not the longest book I've listened to, but it was the looongest book I've listened to. If you never thought banking was a dry topic before, this may make you think otherwise. And this is coming from the guy who enjoys this author. His book, Alexander Hamilton is one of my all-time favorites and I know I would have been extremely unlikely to have read/listened to it if I would have read/listened to this one first. So, I guess my takeaway is read Alexander Hamilton if you want to experience Chernow at his best....more