on November 14, 2010
The Tao of Liberation is a wonderful integration of science, spirituality, and transformative thinking. The book lucidly synthesizes indigenous wisdoms, spiritual traditions, and understandings from physics, biology, ecology, and systems thinking to present a way of hope founded in the recognition that cooperation - not competition - forms the essential basis of life in the cosmos.
Cooperation is at play, for example, in life's most basic unit, the cell, a union marked by a federation of DNA from the organism and the mitochondrial DNA imported at an early evolutionary stage. Scientific insights such as these allow us to move beyond the existential angst we feel with neo-Darwinism and to see life's evolution, at every stage of complexity, as capable of self-organization and symbiogenesis.
A must read for anyone who has troubled over the compartmentalized aspects of their being in an effort to make sense of a world rife with dissonance. This book restores our hope that we are moving to the next level of consciousness in our scientific and spiritual understanding of the cosmos. The bifurcation point is at hand!
on April 19, 2010
The Tao of Liberation works on the premise that our world functions pathologically with an ideology of domination and exploitation where Earth's riches are depleted and its people exploited and yet we consider this as 'growth'. What's more, this same ideology which impoverishes the great majority of humanity - evidenced by the abysmal gap between the rich and poor - also impoverishes the Earth.
To counter this rather dire circumstance, the authors borrow upon a rather diverse set of wisdoms: Taoist, Christian, Buddhist and Islamic spiritual traditions, ecopsychology, ecofeminism, and deep ecology and modern science, the latter which receives prominent standing. The book presents a 'yes-we-can' attitude that we can actually change the course of destruction we are on.
Though some conclusions, especially those regarding the quantum physics and morphic resonances, lie outside the scientific mainstream, what they suggest is fascinating and the end result is remarkable: in contrast to the prevailing pathological cosmology of destruction that reigns so powerfully over our collective psyche, the reader is left with a new cosmological vision that is decidedly hopeful and liberating.
The book is not meant as an academic treatise, nor as a theological tract. Though heavy reading at times, the book's information - even with its many scientific explanations - is presented in a way that is accessible to the average reader. I recommend this book to anyone feeling frustrated by the seemingly overwhelming challenges we face as a human species and is looking for a viable path to transformation and liberation.
on March 13, 2010
This book is amazing. It is an elegant condensation of synthesized scientific knowledge with applied spiritual wisdom for the modern world. I dip into a lot of books, and this one strikes me as an important "keeper" for our times.
This book explores the many areas of human culture which need to be addressed and faced, the challenges before us and positive pathways through them. This is done through the communication and quoting of many experts in varying fields or disciplines including economics, psychology, cosmology, and spirituality.
The information is presented in a beautifully flowing way. I have read many books about this issue (and the Liberation of humanity is a large one) but never one so comprehensive in scope and so elegant in presentation. The topics flow and the issues unfold in a manner which carries the reader from topic and challenge through the next topic and challenge. This books collective search for the wisdom needed to move away from our current destructive path and instead toward authentic liberation provides a comprehensive and understandable "way leading to ever-greater communion, diversity, and creativity."
on March 15, 2010
In a recent discussion I had with several friends, I heard myself express little hope for continued life on our planet as it is today. I felt that there should be more signs of people making a real commitment to change, were life to continue. However that was before reading The Tao of Liberation. Now I not only am more hopeful, but in fact, am living in anticipation. "The Earth, and the entire cosmos, begins to resemble a living organism, one marked by surprising bursts of creativity and emergence, one imbued once again with a deep and abiding sense of purpose...that manifests the underlying wisdom of the Tao." p. 169. It seems there are greater things at work than meets our present knowledge.
Mark Hathaway then gives many examples of the interconnectedness of all within the cosmos. We are of the stars and the stars are of us. All are deeply interrelated and, at some unknown level, help the other to exist. "We live in a cosmos whose foundations are built on deep rooted - or radical - relationality. On some subtle level, everything influences everything else." p. 180. It seems that all exists for, and because of, community and relationship. The cosmos shows us in surprising ways, that this existence is not easily annihilated.
I feel compelled to read, and to reread this book. Tao can be understood to mean "a way or path leading to harmony, peace and right relationship." p. xxiii. This book, I believe, can help get us to that place. Let's go.