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5.0 out of 5 stars Losing our moral principles, 3 Jan 2012
Do we have moral principles any more? This book explores the extent to which the basic moral principles, traditionally covered by Mose's commandments, have been abandoned in our Western societies -although the book focuses on USA. The structure follows each of the ten commandments through a real-life case as an example. For me one of the hardest is the case of the woman who is following a self-appointed "business guru" -one of this typical promoters of the "you can also get rich" philosophy, so popular in our culture. This woman in question has invested tons of money, time and energy -including attending all the lectures (countrywide) of the "business guru"- in the hope that, if she follows strictly all the steps proposed by him, she will get to the desired economic status of the upper classes. Meanwhile she is living a constant delusion that makes her neglect all the other aspects of her life, including her family (husband working double-shift) or looking for a real-life job, and makes her live in denial of her real economic and social situation. The zeal with which she follows her "guru" is totally religious, as is the zeal with which she tries to carry out the "commandments" laid out by her economic "prophet" in order to reach the "paradise" of the upper classes. These "commandments" are really mean, one would say a mocking of the moral commandments proposed by many religions, with steps like "how to manipulate people and make them do what you want". Yet, not only in America do we find that people admire with religious reverence these "economic gurus" that have sprung all around, especially in these times of crisis. In fact, the almost religious tone and atmosphere that surrounded eulogy and events around the figure of Steve Jobs reminded me strongly of this example in Hedges' book. How scary. In his book, Hedges bravely places a mirror in front of us.....hoping we dare look into it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So well written and brings our moral life into the present., 9 Jun 2014
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This book reminds us that although something may have been written thousands of years ago
it is still relevant for us today.
The commandments are universal and not just for one section of any society.

If you liked this book may I recommend another:
The Mustard seed by Osho

Very much in the same vain
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