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Simple truths for complicated minds.
on 14 May 1999
Wilbur is the Dennis Miller of philosophical enlightenment when it comes to obscure references. Rumi. Plotinus. Bodhidharma. Lady Tsogyal. Lao Tzu. Plato. Baal Shem Tov. And that's just from one sentence. Talk about name droppers. Sometimes it's hard to tell whether he's just showing off, or he really does believe his bibliographical stream of consciousness will help shortcut readers to understanding his intrepretations of everything meaningful. Fortunately, his "everything meaningful" is just that: the very essence of what everyone who is searching is looking for. It's simple truths, but for complicated minds. If Wilbur were only as good a writer or communicator as he is a thinker, these great insights might be more accessible. But then, I guess that's what the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series are all about. Some people need the labryinth to engage their intellect. Wilbur provides it here. Distilled down to digestible chunks that still challenge involvement. You WILL get involved. You might even find enlightenment. "... when you realize that ordinary life is just a dream... you become radical and wild, intense and vivid, shocking and silly. You let it all come pouring through, because it's all your dream." When Wilbur comes down to earth and out of the reference library, that's when he sings to us all.