On Equilibrium: The Six Qualities of the New Humanism

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Four Walls Eight Windows, 2004 - Philosophy - 370 pages
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Is it moral to sacrifice one’s life for a higher goal? Why do many in the U.S. think it admirable to join the army but despicable for Palestinians to sign up with Hamas? How can we actually determine “evil” and “good” in the daily world? These practical questions cut to the heart of what it means to be human. John Ralston Saul, in his matter-of-fact discussion of six basic human qualities — ethics, common sense, intuition, imagination, memory, and reason — confronts basic concepts in a manner not done since Thomas Paine more than two centuries ago. In an easy-to-understand style, Saul explains why essential qualities of being human cannot exist in isolation but instead depend on and enrich each other. On Equilibrium persuasively explores morality and how it can be used to foster equilibrium for the self and achieve an ethical society.

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User Review  - Andre - Goodreads

It's a fairly hard read, but the author's insights are both valuable and timely. I'd recommend it to anyone that feels/believes that our society often behaves in an irrational manner, that contradicts what one might expect from an "intelligent" species. Read full review

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User Review  - Harper R - Goodreads

This is such an important book to read in these times. A sobering yet inspiring fidelity to shared forms of common sense that are what we need to look at to handle today's challenges in an ethical and ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

John Ralston Saul, has won the Governor General's Award for Non-Fiction and the Premio Letterario Internazionale of Italy. He lives in Ottawa

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