I generally read 'The Tao of Pooh' and the 'The Te of Piglet' once a year. Too many self-development books start out on the premise that 'You Need to Change' which implies that something is wrong with you. The 'Tao of Pooh' says that basically you are the way you are because that suits you and struggling against that will bring dissatisfaction. It encourages recognition of the massive foundation of good capabilities that each of us already have and to play to strengths in order to make progress without struggle, i.e. first massive self-acceptance and then clever leverage of what you have, wherever you find yourself right now.
Recently I have done a lot of deep thinking and derivation of sound practical theories for understanding the mind and the world at large with robust, logical, mechanistic theories. I've made a lot of progress and to my surprise my independent researches keep showing that those Taoists had a great many things right thousands of years ago. Sadly, that practical wisdom got obscured in a lot of esoteric and mystical writing.
Hey, if you want to read about my theories you can check out this linkhttp://www.nickpagan.com/blog/wp-conten ... ly-v10.pdfJD
- I think you will find the contents of this whitepaper very interesting as, IMO, this takes Cognitive Therapy to a new level of understanding.
As for the comment on the Declaration of Independence, I think it's a wonderful document apart from the phrase 'pursuit of happiness' because I think that is truly a very poorly worded phrase that now causes a lot of people a lot of misery. IMO it's impossible to pursue happiness. You can read my rant on that here:http://www.nickpagan.com/blog/13/fallac ... happiness/
By the way, JD and all, great blog and great forums. The writing is sage and practical and it attracts a lot of solid, level-headed people. What a relief!