Free philosophy Kindle books for 06 Aug 16

Now It Begins: HoMombies (‘Now’ series Book 1)

by J.S. Desiato

Now It Begins is a zombie genre short story with this exception, the infected are not quite dead. This raises the question, how quickly do we kill the living to save ourselves.
There are hundreds of stories available about zombies, about what they would do in this world if they really walked this earth. That is just what they are, stories. They are full of false realities and misconceptions of the mind. The dead cannot walk, the dead cannot breathe, and the dead cannot eat.
But the living can.
A virus is a living organism. It is not different than you or I. It merely wants to survive. And what it will do to survive, what it can do is more than equal to the genocide that man fostered towards his fellow man on this planet.
In some cases, the effect of a biological virus is very similar to a computer virus. Either can erase memories, change how we perform, and spread it self throughout countries and continents.
Some of us live in fear of infections, viruses and diseases. We ask God to protect us and keep us safe from harm. But what if our prayers go unanswered? What if God felt we needed suffering to change how we think?
And what if the path to our own salvation brought us face to face with our darkest fears? Would it bring a new beginning?

Sharing the same earth: Sixteen Dialogues on Human Relationship (Thinking Together Book 5)

by Paul D

The war on the military battle-field or in the streets of the foreign city, where it is now usually fought, is no different in kind from the war being waged constantly within the individual human mind. There may be a difference of degree but essentially they are one and the same thing. The individual human mind has amassed a wealth of evidence to support the notion that it is an important separate identity and, put very simply, that sense of being a separate identity is the first step to murder. From the idea of my self comes all the rest of itâ??my self-esteem, my values, my family, my tribe, my nation, my culture, my beliefs, my rights, and so forthâ??and thus the foundations are laid from which one views the whole of the world. One may view that world positively or negatively, or sentimentally or coldly, depending upon the nature of the personal foundation; but whichever way one views the world, it is a personal viewpoint born out of all the accumulated memories and interpretations of one’s own experiences and responses both good and bad. This notion of individuality is bound to bring about conflict with others, conflict in varying degrees and with varying forms, from our minor domestic disputes to the full-blown military campaign.

If we don’t transform societyâ??which is equally where we work or where we liveâ??then who will do it? Who will transform society? Who or what will bring about the end of our conflicts both internal and external? Or is conflict the eternal human condition and nothing will change it? The great organised efforts of the past have all failed whether those efforts have been made in the religious, in the political or in the philosophical arena. They have all failed. Man is still fighting man, still hiding in his own corner of the world trying to stay safe, still self-protective and defensive, perhaps angry at some things, guilty about some things, fearful about some things, puzzled about some things. That is the life of man, generally. Either he is doing what he can to make his own corner more comfortable and secure or he is waiting for something better than all thisâ??whether through good fortune, blind chance or fateâ??or he is just waiting for the peaceful oblivion of death. There are so many ways of escaping from this mess of the world, so many distractions.

You and I are society. Whatever relationship we have with one another here right now, that is the relationship we have with the rest of the world. To me that is quite obvious and I wonder if you see it too? Whatever relationship we have with each otherâ??whatever is the essential quality of thatâ??the same quality must also be in our relationships with other people, from the closest life partner to the remotest stranger. And outside of our relationships with other people, there is no society. Society is our relationship. So society is here today between you and Iâ??whoever you are and whoever I am.

Is it possible for us to look together at some of these questions? That’s the whole import of these books.

Life Alignment: Making Adjustments

by Lisa Waters

What better way than to read a book that’s sort of an invitation to enter into a world that takes you on the greatest adventure you have ever knownâ??your life as it was meant to be lived. You’ll be inspired and end up taking steps and making adjustments in getting your life aligned.

How We Think

by John Dewey

Our schools are troubled with a multiplication of studies, each in turn having its own multiplication of materials and principles. Our teachers find their tasks made heavier in that they have come to deal with pupils individually and not merely in mass. Unless these steps in advance are to end in distraction, some clew of unity, some principle that makes for simplification, must be found. This book represents the conviction that the needed steadying and centralizing factor is found in adopting as the end of endeavor that attitude of mind, that habit of thought, which we call scientific. This scientific attitude of mind might, conceivably, be quite irrelevant to teaching children and youth. But this book also represents the conviction that such is not the case; that the native and unspoiled attitude of childhood, marked by ardent curiosity, fertile imagination, and love of experimental inquiry, is near, very near, to the attitude of the scientific mind. If these pages assist any to appreciate this kinship and to consider seriously how its recognition in educational practice would make for individual happiness and the reduction of social waste, the book will amply have served its purpose.

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