Author: Steve Taylor
Translator: Tae-young Woo
464 pages | 224*153mm
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About This Book
An important and fascinating book about the origin, history and impending demise of the ego - humanity's collective dysfunction. The Fall is highly readable and enlightening, as the author's acute mind is at all times imbued with the higher faculty of spiritual awareness. --Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth, The Power of Now and many more
It is my fervent wish that this important book will have a wide audience. In a world where the very existence of humanity is threatened, Steve Taylor offers a visionary yet practical path out of the morass that distorts human nature. --Stanley Krippner, Professor of Psychology, Saybrook Graduate School, California
This is an important book which deserves to be read widely. Ultimately Taylor brings a message of hope. He challenges us all to transcend the ego and integrate the intellectual brilliance it has given us with the intense connectedness and aliveness that spiritual practices can bring us. He challenges us to make a difference to the world by transforming ourselves through meditation and the pragmatic activities of service, living lightly and promoting social change. He presents a vision of a possible future in which there is no war ... male domination and social inequality, no shame of sex or the body, and no domination of other species and the natural world. Written in clear, lucid prose, this book is easy to read and Taylor s sources are well referenced for those who want to dig deeper. I strongly recommend it. , --Malcom Hollick, author The Science of Oneness
The Fall is a major work that overturns mainstream current thinking on the nature of civilization and human nature. It draws on the increasing evidence accumulated over recent decades that prehistoric humanity was peaceful and egalitarian, rather than war-like and crude. It is not natural for human beings to kill each other, for men to oppress women, for individuals to accumulate massive wealth and power, or to abuse nature. The worldwide myths of a Golden Age or an original paradise have a factual, archaeological basis.
The Fall is a major work that overturns mainstream current thinking on the nature of civilization and human nature. It draws on the increasing evidence accumulated over recent decades that prehistoric humanity was peaceful and egalitarian, rather than war-like and crude. It is not "natural" for human beings to kill each other, for men to oppress women, for individuals to accumulate massive wealth and power, or to abuse nature. The worldwide myths of a Golden Age or an original paradise have a factual, archaeological basis.
The Fall pinpoints the transition to around 4000 BCE, when dramatic changes in the climate in central Asia and the Middle East made survival more difficult. These produced a sharpened sense of individuality among the area’s inhabitants, which led to warfare, patriarchy, social inequality and theistic religion. The author calls this the "ego explosion." He makes the case that rather than showing a continual progression (as some historians would like to believe), in many ways human history is marked by a degeneration. He shows how, even in the modern world, our over-developed sense of ego gives rise to warfare, male domination and other problems, and suggests what we can do to transcend it.
Finally the author points to signs that we are entering a new historical phase, where more egalitarian relationships between men and women, a healthier regard for the human body and for nature provide some hope for the future. But whether the human race survives or not may depend on whether we can transcend the sharpened sense of ego which has caused the last 6000 years of social insanity.
About the Author
Steve Taylor lectures in sociology at Manchester University in the Centre for Continuing Education. He lives in Manchester in the UK.
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