The Constant Choice: An Everyday Journey From Evil Toward Good Hardcover – Jan 29 2013
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Peter A. Georgescu reveals a path whereby each of us can become an activist for good—internally and externally—now, when we need it more than ever.
An inspiring message for a struggling world: We live in a challenging time. Many of us are failing to overcome that basic instinct that often leads to evil in human behavior—self-preservation at all costs. Yet author Georgescu sees within each of us a new future stirring: We can become better people and build a better world by opting for good over evil—one choice at a time. The Constant Choice reveals a path for changing who we are and, thereby, the future of humanity.
A stunning narrative integrated with philosophical and spiritual exploration: Georgescu offers a gripping narrative of his journey from childhood captivity in a Romanian labor camp to his role as CEO of a world-renowned advertising agency. His traumatic youth led to his lifelong struggle to grasp the moral nature of humanity, the subject of this book. Goodness, he found, isn’t inherent; it evolves from daily choice. And according to recent science, every decision we make alters our biological nature, for better or for worse.Author is a prominent leader in the advertising industry: Peter A. Georgescu is chairman emeritus of Young & Rubicam Inc., a global network of branding, advertising, publicity, and communications companies. He speaks frequently and is heavily involved in education and other charitable organizations.
About the Author
Peter A. Georgescu arrived in America in 1954, after years of forced labor as a child in communist Romania. Today, he is chairman emeritus of Young & Rubicam Inc., which has more than 300 offices around the globe, vice chairman of New York Presbyterian Hospital, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a graduate of Princeton and Stanford Business School. His lifelong quest to answer the question Why does evil exist? led him to ongoing philosophical and spiritual study and an integrative view of morality, religion, and our power to do good and change the world.David Dorsey is the author of The Force, a critically acclaimed nonfiction narrative, and has written for a variety of national magazines. He lives with his wife in Rochester, NY.
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A book unlike any I've ever read
on January 11, 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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Exploration of Good and Evil
on January 28, 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
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.
A remarkable and very important book in today's world.
on February 10, 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
Peter Georgescu's, A Constant Choice: An Everyday Journey From Evil Toward Good is a remarkable and very important book in today's world, so much in need of finding purpose; finding God or a God-force; finding why we do the things we do and make the choices we make; and how we can make better choices to be the best that we can be. He tells us that by doing so, we can change the world, one by one. Peter shares his personal journey which is a gripping story beginning with his childhood in Romania. He shows us how evil first exposed its face to him when Communism moved in, separated his family and forced the children and grandmother to live in unthinkable conditions. Young Peter's inner faith and a strong will kept him alive both physically and emotionally through the many cruel tests dispensed to Peter and his brother. The book takes us through their eventual rescue, which is a riveting tale that I envision on the big screen one day, then onward to their "magical" journey to the land of America, where "guardian angels" walk the boys through the next stages of their lives. Peter Georgescu ultimately became a highly successful businessman, but never forgot each step along the way in his journey of life. He learned to make choices and priorities that would constantly make him face the questions buried deep within him: the questions about God, good and evil, and love and compassion. This beautifully written work gives the reader the gift of Peter's profound insights on many levels. I, also, have ordered many copies to give to friends and family because I believe this compelling account of the life of this man has so much to offer. Highly recommended.