Sunday, 15 November 2015
It is, in effect, "his manifesto for changing the world, one person at a time."
He points out that humankind seems unable to face the challenges that face humanity today.
It is his belief that, because of the growing modern interconnectivity between peoples that we can change the world by changing ourselves.
He raises the concern that whilst there are a large number of books that call for a "fundamental change of consciousness to survive long term" that, paradoxically, having identified the problems that the authors offer no suggestions as to how this might be altered for the benefit of the human race.
Almost as if a doctor might say to someone: "You are ill!" But then fail to offer a diagnosis or to provide short term medical prescriptions or a long term treatment regime.
However, based on his considerable experience as a practicing psychologist, Dr Parlett makes some suggestions as to how everyone can become "a more empowered world citizenm making a unique personal contribution" What he describes as: "a step for themselves and a step for the benefit of the world at the same time."
The book covers these concepts in five distinct sections
1) Handling Situations
2) Relating to others
3) Living more fully in our bodies
4) Discovering more about ourselves
5) Experimenting with discernment
He points out how all five must be interlinked in order for them to be effective.
This is an interesting and an important book published by Matador at £12.50.
It will be available via the That's Books and Entertainment bookshop to the right of this review.