Free philosophy Kindle books for 07 Aug 16

Modern Vitality: A Manifesto Against Mechanized Living

by W.C. Overlin

We live in a world where we hate our jobs and feel out of place. We do not care about the products we make -we work only to make money.

In this, we lose the essence of living. The great travesty of the industrial age is that in our pursuit to â??earn a living’ we have actually lost sight of how to live. We have traded in our inherent freedom for careers that bring with them not substance but apathy. We have exchanged â??value’ for â??ease of living.’

The world is littered with valueless products, made at the hands of a disheartened work force and purchased by the hands of careless consumers. Nobody is concerned about anything and with that comes a culture in which nothing matters and nobody is content.

The American workforce has been manipulated into thinking that this is â??just the way it is’ -that upon graduation, you go to college, get a job, buy a house, and start a family. But what if this is what is holding us back? What if the alleged freedom in our lives is not freedom at all?

This is the manifesto of the working man and woman. This is the grievance of a distraught society. This is what it means to have modern vitality.



The Practical Side of Heaven

by William Kiefert

Introduction by William C. Kiefert, who was born in 1938 and passed away in 2003. My book, The Practical Side of Heaven, can be considered a comprehensive guide to understanding Gnostic Christianity. It can also be seen as an introduction to an original way to better understand our relationship with others and ourselves. The Practical Side of Heaven, the “Outlawed” Logic/Logos Teachings of Jesus, can be considered a wake up call not only for theologians and academics, but also for those searching for better answers. The core concept of Jesus’ Gnostic teaching is universally true and therefore important to everyone–religious or not. Ecclesiastics’ famous quote “there is nothing new under the sun” is not true. There is a better way. This new and better way is Jesus’ Gnostic/knowledge teachings explained in detail in this book. The Practical Side of Heaven, the “Outlawed” Logic/Logos Teachings of Jesus systematically explains not only the core premise of Jesus’ teaching–that we are not yet fully conscious because we are slaves of judgmental reasoning; but it also explains that the way free ourselves and to become fully awake human beings is to learn about nonjudgmental/spiritual reasoning. Nonjudgmental reasoning empowers us to “do on earth as it is in heaven”. My book can also be seen as a bridge across time. It introduces the reader to contemporary psychological and philosophical concepts that corresponds to similar concepts in Jesus’ time. Being able to cross that bridge empowers us to clearly see through the eyes of Jesus and other Gnostic Christians because, in principle, the context or worldview you will have after reading my book will be theirs. The web site, www.GnosticChristianity.com, is a synopsis of my book, The Practical Side of Heaven. This site contains many of the salient concepts in the book, but not all. To fully understand all the concepts that were important to Gnostic Christians, like Jesus, John and Paul, having the uncut version of my book is essential. It contains everything my website does, plus information that is essential for personal growth and study groups.



The way we live: Eleven Dialogues on Human Relationship (Thinking Together Book 6)

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.



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