The Fall: The Insanity of the Ego in Human History and the Dawning of a New EraPaperback
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- Publisher: O Books
- Format: Paperback | 446 pages
- Dimensions: 138mm x 210mm x 26mm | 440g
- Publication date: 13 October 2005
- Publication City/Country: New Alresford
- ISBN 10: 1905047207
- ISBN 13: 9781905047208
- Sales rank: 58,015
It is not "natural" for human beings to kill each other, for men to oppress women, parents to oppress children, for individuals or nations to accumulate massive wealth and power, to abuse nature, to even despise our own bodies and feel guilty for experiencing natural desires. The roots of our current malaise lie in an "ego-explosion" that happened several thousand years BC. "Primitive" pre-civilization men and women lived longer, healthier, happier and more productive and fulfilled lives than we do. We need to learn from their approach to life rather than dismiss it. This is the revolutionary thesis of this well-researched, highly praised volume, overturning the accepted wisdom of the last few centuries.
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Steve Taylor lectures in sociology at Manchester University in the Centre for Continuing Education. He lives in Manchester in the UK.
Amazon ranking (June 2008: #1 in Books > History > Ancient History & Civilisation #9 in Books > History > Cultural History #35 in Books > History > World History 'An important and fascinating book about the origin, history and impending demise of the ego - humanity's collective dysfunction. 'The Fall' is highly readable and enlightening, as the author's acute mind is at all times imbued with the higher faculty of spiritual awareness.' Eckhart Tolle 'The Fall is an astonishing work, full of amazing erudition, all brilliantly organised and argued. The argument that human beings have not always been - and do not have to be - such a psychological mess is presented with a beautiful inevitability and logic. The book is a remarkable feat.' Colin Wilson; 'The Fall is a fascinating heretical work which demonstrates that the myth of the golden age reflects an archaic social reality. Read it and be cured.' Richard Rudgley, author of Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age; 'In this remarkable book Steve Taylor maintains that war is a fairly recent development, one in which dramatic changes in climate and in agriculture played decisive roles. Invariably provocative, never fails to interest and captivate the reader.' Stanley Krippner, Professor of Pscychology, Saybrook Graduate School, California; 'A fascinating, enlightening and inspiring investigation into the roots of human consciousness and a much needed proscription for a truly human future.' Gary Lachmann, author of A Secret History of Consciousness