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This is a home for books with meaning; books that talk about the human condition or have contributed to finding the real meaning in our lives or inspire from a truthful, real place. With humanity becoming increasingly evasive, superficial and alienated there is now such an emptiness in the world and such a lack of truth that we need a place that you can find books that are prophetic, honest, direct — and worth taking your time to read!
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The Little Prince (1945) by Antoine de Saint-Exupery who articulated the child’s point of view beautifully when he had the Little Prince say, "grown-ups are certainly very, very odd" (p.41 of 91).
Heard of Darkness (1902) by Joseph Conrad who wrote, with metaphorically anticipation, about the great journey that the human race must embark upon in his famous novel about an adventure up the Congo River into ‘the heart of darkness’.
Janus: A Summing Up (1978) by Arthur Koestler who acknowledged the upset state that arose in humans from the conflict between our instinct and intellect "Thus the brain explosion gave rise to a mentally unbalanced species in which old brain and new brain, emotion and intellect, faith and reason, were at loggerheads" (p.10)
A Far-Off Place by Laurens van der Post
FREEDOM: The End Of The Human Condition (2015) by Jeremy Griffith takes humanity from a state of bewilderment about the nature of human behaviour to a state of profound understanding of our lives—understanding that drains away all the pain, suffering, confusion and conflict from the world. Visit: www.HumanCondition.com
Essays and Aphorisms (1970) tr. by R.J. Hollingdale. Behind our capacity for sensitivity & love lies the shadow of our darker side—a propensity for deeds of shocking violence & cruelty. As Arthur Schopenhauer wrote, ‘man is the only animal which causes pain to others with no other object than causing pain…No animal ever torments another for the sake of tormenting: but man does so, and it is this which constitutes the diabolical nature which is far worse than the merely bestial’ (p.139).
Aion: Researches into the Phenomenology of the Self (Collected Works of C.G. Jung Vol.9/2) (1959); tr. by R. Hull. Jung provided a stark description of the terrifying nature of the human condition when he wrote: ‘When it [our shadow] appears…it is quite within the bounds of possibility for a man to recognize the relative evil of his nature, but it is a rare and shattering experience for him to gaze into the face of absolute evil’ (p.10).
The Story of an African Farm (1883) by Olive Schreiner beautifully articulates the vulnerability and impressionability of infants and young children "The souls of little children are marvellously delicate and tender things, and keep forever the shadow that first falls on them…The first six years of our life make us; all that is added later is veneer" (p.193 of 300)
The mating mind (2000) by Geoffrey Miller who has acknowledged the importance of mate selection in the development of humans’ cooperative, moral nature.
The Soul of the White Ant (1937) by Eugène Marais whose honest, insightful thinking is particularly evident in the inroads he made into the all-important issue of the "origins of" the immoral "behaviour of men", namely the issue of the human condition: "instinct…is incapable of deviation from a certain fixed way of behaving…This inherited memory is in every respect a terrible tyrant" (p.45).
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