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Bud Tingwell’s authoritative performance adds a lot to this thoughtful and practical guide. His slightly stern voice communicates calmness and objectivity as he moves through the audiobook at a steady pace, grounding listeners as they attempt to puzzle out some of the greatest and most eternal questions of human nature and behavior.
Hugh Mackay is a well known, highly regarded social commentator. Bud Tingwell lends his voice of age and wisdom to this well written, accessible, insightful book.
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By Douglas on 01-14-13
I am giving this four stars...
because the points made are excellent, and individual free will rational decision making is certainly a vital aspect of morality--but it is certainly not the only factor, and it certainly cannot function alone. (Mackay's insinuation that we can just turn our backs on immoral institutions and society ignores a very vital part of us, what Jonathan Haidt calls "hiveishness," the need for the approval of society, and our often unconscious willingness to bend our morality to fit in.) In fact, after reading this book (or before--I would not go so far as to say "instead of"), read Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind: it is a much more realistic take on human morality. For instance, Haidt insists that we are 90% chimp (self-interested) and 10% bee (concerned with group approval), and while Haidt does not throw self-determination out the window, he does make an unpleasant truth clear: that we most often "decide" what our morality is by intuition and then make up logical (or, often enough, illogical) reasons to support our intuitive/emotional moral choice (often guided by what WE want to do!) The two books are complementary, I suppose, but do read Haidt to fill in the holes this book leaves in moral theory.
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