Lou Marinoff. The Middle Way: Finding Happiness in a World of Extremes. New York: Sterling, 2007.
In three sections, Marinoff examines the contemporary world and shows how the "Middle Way" provides solutions to our most pressing problems. Part One looks at assorted "civilizational" dynamics that drive both cooperation and conflict across borders, and introduces each of the ABCs. The second segment focuses on a number of notorious extremes--including political polarization, and simmering religious, tribal, gender, cultural, and economic divides--and how the ABCs can reconcile them. The final section describes how we all can apply the ABCs to the betterment of our own lives and humanity as a whole. (In a nutshell: "Be Aristotelian in your unrelenting commitment to improving your mind. Be Buddhist in your unstinting effort to deepen your heart. Be Confucian in your unselfish devotion to serving your fellow human beings.") A short list of recommended readings accompanies each chapter, along with illustrations, maps, and educative charts.
The Middle Way contains lots of good information for those interested in ideas on how to overcome personal and societal impasses. Highly recommended.
REVIEW BY MARTIN H. LEVINSON, PHD
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|Author:||Levinson, Martin H.|
|Publication:||ETC.: A Review of General Semantics|
|Article Type:||Book review|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2008|
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