I došli smo do zadnjeg, 5. dijela ove serije o citatima iz najboljih pročitanih knjiga. Vjerujem da su ti mnogi od njih pomogli da na život gledaš svježijim (i mudrijim) očima, a najbolje sam ostavio za kraj. Tri knjige iz kojih sam danas izvukao citate su bili toliki mindfuck tijekom čitanja i drastično su mi pomogle promijeniti (i shvatiti) razne društvene i osobne probleme. A to je rezultiralo ogromnim popravkom kvalitete mog života i velikim smanjenjem stresa 🙂 Pa idemo u današnje tri knjige:
ORTHODOXY – G.K.CHESTERTON
Ovo je izuzetno čudna knjiga koju zapravo i ne preporučam toliko. Mislim da je ovo prvi put da stoji na jednoj mojoj listi za preporuke. To je zato što je ovo knjiga koja je, za mene, imala jednu jedinu funkciju:
Izvukla me iz Zelene razine Spiralne Dinamike i dogurala u Žutu razinu Spiralne Dinamike. Ako ne znaš šta su Zelena i Žuta razina Spiralnih Dinamika, možeš o tome više pročitati ovdje.
Chestertona su zvali princom paradoksa, a njegovi tekstovi plešu između dvije vatre konstantno. A Chesterton te dvije vatre pomiruje na neobično jednostavan način. Knjiga nije za sve ljude, ali za one koji imaju problema s paradoksima, istovrijednošću, pitanjem šta je Istina, a šta Perspektiva, onda debelo preporučam knjigu.
- A man who loves France for being military will palliate the army of 1870. But a man who loves France for. being France will improve the army of 1870. This is exactly what the French have done, and France is a good instance of the working paradox. Nowhere else is patriotism more purely abstract and arbitrary; and nowhere else is reform
more drastic and sweeping. The more transcendental is your patriotism, the more practical are your politics.
- Can he hate it enough to change it, and yet love it enough to think it
- The theory that everything was good had become an orgy of everything that was bad.
- But a man is not really convinced of a philosophic theory
when he finds that something proves it. He is only really convinced when he finds that everything proves it.
- Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.
- For if there is a wall between you and the world, it makes little difference whether you describe yourself as locked in or
as locked out.
INTEGRAL PSYCHOLOGY – KEN WILBER
Wilber je jedan od onih likova koji te sa svakom rečenicom pogode s nečim u dušu i u glavu. Ne pamtim kada sam više naučio od jedne (dvije) knjige nego kada sam pročitao Wilberova djela. A što je najsmiješnije–90% materijala koji se nalazi u knjizi nije njegovo, nego sintetizirano znanje velikih filozofa, biologa, kemičara, psihologa, vjerskih lidera, znanstvenika i inovatora. A to je produciralo knjige radi kojih ti se čitav svijet okrene naglavačke (i to na dobar način):
- For the secret of contextual thinking is that the whole discloses new meanings not available to the parts, and thus the big pictures we build will give new meaning to the details that compose it.
- (Incidentally, when we say that identity expands from, say, egocentric to sociocentric toworldcentric, this does not mean that somebody at the worldcentric or postconventional level has no ego at all; on the contrary, somebody at worldcentric has a very mature ego. It simply means that the person can take multiple perspectives no longer confined to just his own ego, and thus he can make moral judgments based on the considerations of fairness, justness, and care, regardless of race, color, sex, or creed.
- The typical, well-meaning liberal approach to solving social tensions is to treat every value as equal, and then try to force a leveling or redistribution of resources (money, rights, goods, land) while leaving the values untouched. The typical conservative approach is to take its particular values and try to foist them on everybody else. The developmental approach is to realize that there are many different values and worldviews; that some are more complex than others; that many of the problems at one stage of development can only be defused by evolving to a higher level; and that only by recognizing and facilitating this evolution can social justice be finally served.
- The pivotal figure here is Lawrence Kohlberg, whose work, building on that of Baldwin, Dewey, and Piaget, demonstrated that moral development goes through six or seven stages (spanning preconventional to conventional to postconventional to post
postconventional). The individual starts out amoral and egocentric (“whatever I want” is what is right), moves to sociocentric (“what the group, tribe, country wants” is what is right), to postconventional (what is fair for all peoples, regardless of race, color, creed).
Kohlberg’s highest stage—what he called stage seven—is “universal-spiritual” (post postconventional).
- If an integral psychology truly wishes to embrace the enduring insights of both “religious” premodernity and “scientific” modernity, there needs to be some way to reconcile, in a very general way, their antagonistic stances toward spirituality.
- As McDougall put it in 1908: “The fundamental problem of social psychology is the moralization of the individual by society. This moralization proceeds through, first, the stage in which the
operation of the instinctive impulses is modified by the influence of rewards and punishments; second, the stage in which conduct is controlled in the main by anticipation of social praise and blame; and third, the stage in which conduct is regulated by an ideal that enables man to act in a way that seems right to him, regardless of the praise or blame of his immediate environment.”
SEX, ECOLOGY, SPIRITUALITY – KEN WILBER
Zadnja knjiga koju sam pročitao i nakon 115 knjiga u 3 godine, mogu reći da je ovo bio šećer na kraju. 1015 maestralnih stranica radi kojih sam pauzirao čitanje knjiga ove godine. Wilber obrađuje i integrira sve što se dogodilo u našem svijetu kroz četiri kvadranta koja su baza mog diplomskog rada knjige koju pišem. Maeastralno djelo koje zahtijeva fokusirano čitanje i puno Googlanja da bi se shvatili određeni pojmovi i istražili ljudi o kojima priča.
- In philosophy a general distinction is made between the empirical ego, which is the self insofar as it can be an object of awareness and introspection, and the Pure Ego or transcendental Ego (Kant, Fichte, Husserl), which is pure subjectivity (or the observing Self), which can never be seen as an object of any sort.
- The higher developments do indeed lie beyond reason, but never, never, beneath it.
- Excellence in any era is not an experience of yesterday’s collective normality, made to sound “spiritual” by calling it “collective,” as if a whole bunch more of average could equal extraordinary, as if multiplying mediocrity would equal excellence.
- One of the great problems with the Enlightenment was that Reason was simply supposed to replace all of that right down to the roots, so that every child would be born, more or less, an enlightened and
tolerant rationalist. Since the tabula was rasa, all we had to do was write R-E-A-S-O-N across the clean slate, and all would follow wonderfully. Needless to say, it doesn’t work like that. Every child
still has to negotiate the archaic worldview, then deconstruct that with the magical world-view, then deconstruct that with the mythic, then deconstruct that with the rational (on the way to the transrational). Each of these transformations is a series of painful deaths and
rebirths, and the typical individual attempts to stop the pain by stopping the transformation
- In other words, the more one can go within, or the more one can introspect and reflect on one’s self, then the more detached from that self one can become, the more one can rise above that self’s limited perspective, and so the less narcissistic or less egocentric one becomes (or the more decentered one becomes). This is why Piaget is always saying things that sound paradoxical, such as: “Finally, as the child becomes conscious of his subjectivity, he rids himself of his egocentricity.
- Most of the “politically correct multiculturalists” of today would, no doubt, be shocked and horrified to learn that their ideas come directly in an unbroken lineage from Plato and Plotinus (the dreaded Eurocentric, logocentric Plato).
- This “exuberant this-worldliness” is what so many (I would say all) of Plato’s “ecological critics” have missed. They set up a straw Plato and then manfully, triumphantly, boisterously knock it down, and all
congratulate themselves on their this-worldly victory. But Plato is not so easily manhandled.
For his own philosophy no sooner reaches its climax in what we may call the otherworldly direction [Ascending] than it reverses course. Having arrived at the conception [the “natural religious experience”] of a pure perfection alien to all the categories of ordinary thought and in need of nothing external to itself [causal awareness], he forthwith finds in just this transcendent and absolute Being the necessitating
ground of this world; and he does not stop short of the assertion of the necessity and worth of the existence of all conceivable kinds of finite, temporal, imperfect, and corporeal beings.
- This particularly applies to successive stages of cultural evolution, from the hunt to the farm to the engine to the computer. Each successive stage brought new information, new potentials, new hopes and new fears; brought a greater complexity, a greater differentiation, a greater relative autonomy – and the capacity for a new and greater
pathology if a corresponding integration and embrace did not ensue.
Sve knjige koje smo obrađivali u ovoj seriji su dobile ocjenu 10/10, a to su:
- WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR – PAUL KALANITHI
- 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE – STEPHEN COVEY
- SAPIENS – YUVAL NOAH HARARI
- THE TRUTH: AN UNCOMFORTABLE BOOK ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS – NEIL STRAUSS
- THE OBSTACLE IS THE WAY – RYAN HOLIDAY
- NEVER SPLIT THE DIFFERENCE – CHRIS VOSS
- THE LESSONS OF HISTORY – WILL & ARIEL DURANT
- ENDURANCE: SHACKLETON’S INCREDIBLE VOYAGE – ALFRED LANSING
- THE 48 LAWS OF POWER – ROBERT GREENE
- UNSCRIPTED – MJ DEMARCO
- THE ART OF LEARNING – JOSH WAITZKIN
- EVERYTHING IS FUCKED – MARK MANSON
- ORTHODOXY – G.K.CHESTERTON
- INTEGRAL PSYCHOLOGY – KEN WILBER
- SEX, ECOLOGY, SPIRITUALITY – KEN WILBER
Još su 22 knjige bile u užem izboru za najbolje pročitane knjige, ali im je falilo samo sitnica za 10/10. To su:
- EGO IS THE ENEMY – RYAN HOLIDAY
- AWAKEN THE GIANT WITHIN – TONY ROBBINS
- STUMBLING ON HAPPINESS – DANIEL GILBERT
- THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED – SCOTT PECK
- THINKING, FAST AND SLOW – DANIEL KAHNEMAN
- BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE – ERIC BARKER
- THE WAR OF ART – STEVEN PRESSFIELD
- ON WRITING – STEPHEN KING
- THE MILLIONAIRE FASTLANE – MJ DEMARCO
- THE POWER OF NOW – ECKHART TOLLE
- WALDEN – HENRY DAVID THOREAU
- THE COMPOUND EFFECT – DARREN HARDY
- MEDITATIONS – MARCUS AURELIUS
- ON WRITING WELL – WILLIAM ZINSSER
- TRUE BELIEVER – ERIC HOFFER
- MASTERY – ROBERT GREENE
- 12 RULES FOR LIFE – JORDAN PETERSON
- ATOMIC HABITS – JAMES CLEAR
- BAD BLOOD – JOHN CARREYROU
- THE FREELANCE CONTENT MARKETING WRITER – JENNIFER GOFORTH GREGORY
- THE LAWS OF HUMAN NATURE – ROBERT GREEN
- THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A FUCK – MARK MANSON
- A BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYTHING – KEN WILBER