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Put me in a positive state of mind. Powerful and believable. I recommend this to anyone who want straightforward affirmative energy boost.
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Is it possible that "survival of the fittest" can be interpreted in human history as "survival of the kindest" ? Pierro Ferrucci, presumably his uncle Aldous Huxley and the Dalai Lama would say yes.
I walked into a bookshop and didn't find it so I asked the bookseller if it was available. I was a little bit curious as he took me to the self-help section to find this book. It is pretty anecdotal, especially towards the later parts when he trades his literature references for more cute stories, but the basic premise is what I'm interested in and I think he brings up a good counterpoint to what seems like the harsh reality of our society.
It may seem like violence or being overall stronger, bigger, more rich etc is what makes us grow as individuals and as a society, but Ferrucci argues it is our kindness, our cooperation that takes us to the top.
Aldous Huxley after years of studying and observing said the best thing to do in order to live a more happy, fulfilled life was to "be a little more kind."
For those interested in this topic I would also recommend George Saunders' 2013 commencement speech at Syracuse University whose convincing argument is: "What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness."
and though I have not read it and it is very out of print you might check out Peter Kropotkin's "Mutual Aid as a Factor in Evolution"
I'm hesitant to give the book 4 stars because it is not a lot more than the main idea, but the main idea is so significant. Once you've got the main idea though, I think you've got the book. Easy read.
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