I think a lengthy quotation from the book would best sum it up: "This book has also addressed the matter of truth for its own sake--not to do with hap...moreI think a lengthy quotation from the book would best sum it up: "This book has also addressed the matter of truth for its own sake--not to do with happiness, but with reality. Consider a whole century of men and women straining to conserve the body's energy, minimizing sport and exertion in order not to overspend their reserves, and then the entire next century straining to exercise the body so that it will become more efficient. You have been told by physicists and yogis that reality is not what it seems, that your mind makes the world you live in, and you believe it; but you also don't believe it. Half the point of this book was for me to try to cheer everyone up at once. The other half was to demonstrate ways that we look up at the blue sky and say 'green.' What I have offered is, in its own way, a philosophy. I have tried to show the disjuncture between what we do and what we say we are doing. I hope I have marshaled the evidence necessary to show what a vague hold on reality we have" (319).
Seriously, she shows with millenia worth of examples, how we are duped by our culture into believing that what we are experiencing and seeing (all products of nothing else than our culture) is some how the Truth.
Simple little book full of stuff I probably already knew, but pretty good reminder. A couple of good little tips: 1) if you think you're hungry and ye...moreSimple little book full of stuff I probably already knew, but pretty good reminder. A couple of good little tips: 1) if you think you're hungry and yet you don't want an apple (a real apple, I would add, since I don't know that a store-bought apple ever tastes good), then it's probably not hunger you're dealing with. 2)sugar is sugar and bad when you eat too much of it, regardless of its form. This one surprised me coming from this guy, as I thought he was the one sort of responsible for the whole HFCS is evil thing. Isnt' that the deal with Ominivore's dilemma, by this same author? I have not read that book, but I thought he posited that HFCS (which he revealed to be in EVERYTHING that is processed) is sort of addictive or something? Anyway, this book took me 30 minutes to read, and OD is a long book, so I might not get around to it very soon, so this was good to read as sort of a digest, sans science talk and so on.
If you're eating a lot of fast food and processed foods and don't already know that that is not very healthful, then spending a few minutes scanning this book would be a great idea. (less)