on December 29, 2012
In this book McTaggart uses quantum theory and applies it to humanity and relationships. "Matter in the subatomic world cannot be understood in isolation but only within a complex web of relationships, forever indivisible...At it's most elemental, physical matter not only isn't an anything yet, but remains something indeterminate until out consciousness becomes involved with it...there is no "us" and "them" only a constantly transforming "we"." (location 746 on e-book, Chapter 1). The book gives a good description the basics of quantum theory and uses it to demonstrate the "oneness" of humanity. McTaggart also looks at Darwinism and our individualist Western culture and demonstrates that it makes sick and how social cohesiveness is good for our health. She argues that we all have a need to agree and that our natural instinct is to collaborate or Bond with each other. "Rather than domination, our most basic urge is to reach out to another human being, even at cost to ourselves" (Location 2481 Ch. 7). She also emphasises the importance of the ripple effect in changing the world.
I found this to be an amazing and inspiring book. It is a book that bridges science and spirituality. After reading it, I had a new understanding about the importance of relationships in creating a happy life.
on June 3, 2011
At this turning point in our evolutionary journey we see oracles appear, messengers, who articulate the new era. Lynne McTaggart is such an oracle and she reminds us that somewhere along the way we stepped out of our true nature and took the path of separateness and independence. This book is an evidence based work of wisdom that tells us why we need to, and how we can, return to our true nature in simply following our essential impulse to connect, to once again know the peace of holism. Alan Snow...Regional Representative, Institute of Noetic Sciences Community Group Network.
on March 27, 2012
Although I think the book is missing a major, if not the main, reason that western society has deteriorated (psychopaths that have risen to the top of the food chain and influenced society - read `Snakes in Suits', `Political Ponerology', and `Puzzling People' to name just a few) it does give many interesting examples that normal humans thrive in many ways in a society based on principles of sharing and mutual support and that the lack or deterioration of such a connection or bond is at the root of many ills and problems that we face as a society.
Her overall premise is that there is a bond to life that has not been fully explored that flies in the face of accepted beliefs and theories such as Darwin's evolution and Dawkin's selfish gene and I have to say that I really like her books because they open me up to new areas of thinking and research.