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The Constant Choice: An Everyday Journey From Evil Toward Good [Hardcover]

Peter Georgescu

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Jan. 29 2013
We need more goodness now -- We live in a most challenging time. Many of us struggle, emotionally, ethically, and spiritually. We seem headed toward less compassion and consideration, failing to overcome that basic instinct that often leads to evil in human behavior—self-preservation at all costs. Yet within each of us a new future is stirring. We can become better people and build a better world by opting for good over evil—one choice at a time. In The Constant Choice, Peter Georgescu offers a gripping narrative of his journey from childhood captivity in a Romanian labor camp to his role as CEO of the world-renowned advertising agency Young & Rubicam. His traumatic youth—his parents’ exile from their homeland, his grandfather’s murder in prison, his neighbors’ betrayal of one another—led to a lifelong struggle to grasp humanity’s moral nature. Despite his conviction when he arrived on American soil that he had reached the land of the good, he discovered a more subtle evil at work all around him. Yet he also thrived through the generosity of one benefactor after another. Goodness, he found, isn’t inherent; it evolves from daily choice. Through decades of reflection on human behavior, as well as philosophical and spiritual exploration, Peter arrived at a new perspective on the significance of our habitual choices. Every decision we make alters our biological nature, for better or worse—a model that has been confirmed by recent science. The Constant Choice reveals a path for changing who we are and the future of humanity. It’s up to each of us to become activists for good.

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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Books (Jan. 29 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608324079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608324071
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #717,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A book unlike any I've ever read Jan. 11 2013
By thoughtful - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a remarkably interesting, courageous and insightful book. Like the author, Peter Georgescu, I have wrestled with issues of faith, God, godliness and good and evil for a long time. I come at it from a slightly different perspective than the author--in my case, that of a nonbeliever, whereas Peter's early life was built on the notion of a strong faith. And yet he came to question that faith and search for a deeper understandiing of it. I have long been troubled by some of the topics that Peter tackles such as the notion of an interventionist god, which has always struck me as implausible. Like the author, I also have trouble reconciling this notion of an all-knowing, all-loving god with all the evil you see in the world, much of it inflicted in the name of god or religion. And yet...I stand atop a Rocky Mountain peak and look at he majesty that surrounds me, or stare out at the Sarasota sunset and think, 'There's got to be more to this than just earth and rock, flesh and blood." We all witness incredible acts of kindness every day, not only from the people the author would call guardian angels but from everyday people when friends or family suffer heartbreak. People rise to remarkable levels during those periods of crisis. There's a lot of good in human nature, a lot of compassion and quiet heroism. This book tackles each of these topics and so much more, all seen through the prism of Georgescu's remarkable, almost unbelievable life. This book provides a different and unconventional way to think about all this, a framework that made sense to me. I thank Peter for the enormous effort he clearly put into writing it, but also having the courage and persistence to follow his search to better understand the nature of faith and the concept of godliness even when it when it was clear that journey often caused him turmoil and confusion. He was unflinching in his honesty with which he tackles these often weighty and at times troubling topics. But the result of that search, which he chronicles so clearly in his book, justifies the effort. I have already ordered up a half-dozen copies to pass on to friends, and I highly recommend it to any person who thinks seriously about these topics.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exploration of Good and Evil Jan. 28 2013
By Warren Ilchman - Published on Amazon.com
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Peter Georgescu's The Constant Choice, An Everyday Journey From Evil Toward Good is an excellent book. I am pleased to say that publically and have done so privately since I read it. Indeed, it is my favorite present to those who, like Georgescu, are searching for meaning in their lives, to locate good in what seems to be a very mean, evil world. Drawing on his extraordinary life history - childhood in Rumania, separation from his parents, time in a Communist labor camp, liberation through the intervention of the US President, persistent appearances of "guardian angels" with only an interest to help, education at elite US schools, meteoric rise to be CEO of one of the world's major marketing and communications companies, and relations with family, colleagues and acquaintances - he interweaves these experiences with his thoughts on the perpetuation of evil in competitive societies, insights he gets from evolutionary theory, epigenetics, and brain science, the otherwise unexplainable contributions of meditation and the paranormal, and the generative role of love and friends in his life. The search is a search for the good, the compassionate, and the generous. His case for finding what he has sought is compelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The fascinating story of a unique man Jan. 28 2013
By Karl Weber - Published on Amazon.com
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To read Peter Georgescu's THE CONSTANT CHOICE is to share the life journey of a unique man--a highly successful business leader who is capable of examining his own life with remarkable candor, humor, self-questioning, and depth. Partly the memoir of a life spent struggling to outgrow the effects of a childhood under Communist brutality, partly a compelling tale of business success devoid of the usual self-congratulatory rhetoric, and partly the narrative of one man's exploration of some of the more unusual byways of spiritual discovery, Georgescu's book captures the richly complicated yet ultimately coherent patterns of "an examined life" and its still-emerging meaning. A very special and surprisingly lovely piece of work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adding an Enthusiastic Endorsement Jan. 15 2013
By Donald E. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Peter Georgescu's THE CONTSTANT CHOICE, is a book with many superlative qualities to commend it, as previous reviews by "Thoughtful" and "PRDude" have so eloquently expressed. Most all of what these reviews elaborate on, in terms of the value and quality of this book, I would second. The time in which we live is one in wich many different spiritual, religious an philosophical perspectives and traditons are bumpting up against, encountering and challenging encunter. In this there is both danger and opportunity. Mr. Georgescu's book explores someting of the danger, but even more of the opportunity that these encounters can provide for all of us as we try and find a way of thoughtfulness and integrity for ourselves in this world. I have bought numerous copies for friends and family. I cannot commend this book to highly for those seeking to sharpen their thinking and expand their horizons. Donald Moore, Charlottesville, Virginia.The Constant Choice: An Everyday Journey From Evil Toward Good
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an oppressed little boy taught a successful man. May 4 2013
By Jane Trese - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In "The Constant Choice," Peter Georgescu writes about his own growth and transformation - mentally, emotionally and spiritually. He shares in a most generous and forthcoming way, how his faith has developed over his lifetime - from the brutal circumstances of his childhood to the highest level of success in business.

His account of his early years in forced labor under Communist rule in Romania is heartbreakingly vivid. But even in those miserable circumstances, little Peter found things to be grateful for - his "guardian angels" who showed kindness to him along the way. It reminded me of another European child caught up in the cruelty of 20th century geopolitics. She too found something to hold on to in what for some would have been an intolerable way of life, believing that most people were "really good at heart."

We know that the family who protected her were kind and courageous, but little Anne did not make it to adulthood. Peter did, and it opened a world of opportunity and success for him in the U.S. But it also presented him with confusion and challenges as to how to navigate in this new world and who or what to rely on.

In this book, we learn how Peter embarked on his search for a guiding principle he could live with and thrive on. He reveals how the search continues into the present day. Although many would consider this a unique life, certainly not like most Americans' lives, there is much here that can be useful to many. In his striving to look for the good in others and to "choose always good" in his own decisions and actions, we see a man striving not merely for wisdom, but for a deepening humility.

This book is thoughtful and thought provoking. It hangs around in my mind.

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