#Book Review: The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh | #Communication #Mindfulness #Growth

BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
February 26, 2020

Over the last decade or so, there’s been a significant decrease to the quality of modern discourse that can be quite mind numbing at times.

One opens social media, and what do you find?  Division, arguments, name calling, lambasting, and countless other interactions between individuals or communities that do nothing to solve any issue, but do everything to continue to stoke the fires of division.  Essentially, modern conversations in large part are a veritable crash course on the Divide & Conquer Left-Right Paradigm.

These instances leave me wondering why more people are not attempting to genuinely communicate with others when serious topics are discussed, and are simply taking actions that couldn’t lead to solutions in a million years by dint of the fact that they divide people, which is the opposite direction of solutions.

When the population is divided on issues, particularly when its fractured into many sects, it’s a lot easier to employ top down control in social engineering fashion, which is why propaganda and social engineering have been ever present in modern times and will continue into the foreseeable future.

Be that as it may, there are ways in which individuals can communicate more effectively, and The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh centers upon this notion in cogent fashion.

Though a bit repetitive, the book The Art of Communicating focuses incisively upon the fact that communication between individuals is something that can nourish and uplift the soul, or is something that can cause noxious issues and unleash entropy.  Every single interaction we all undertake feeds our soul, it feeds our mind, it feeds our hearts.  Now, not all that we ingest mentally, emotionally and spiritually encourages growth.  There are some interactions between individuals that do nothing but prevent growth and prevent you from moving forward, as if someone is attaching an anchor upon you.  That’s incredibly unfortunate because caring communication has the capacity to really do a lot of good in people’s lives.  This is why being a kind and caring individual is something that I wrote about in my last book, for being kind not only has the capacity of creating positive change through nourishing someone else’s soul, but also to has the capacity to create incredible resonance, which I will cover in the future.

In Amor Vincit Omnia – Love Conquers All, I wrote the following poem:

Kindness
is the rain
that refreshes
the grounds
of your soul.[1]

At first blush, the poem seems simplistic and short.  That is a deliberate choice however, because the main thought that I was attempting to impart was the following, which was the notation that was written below the poem:

“The kindness of one human being toward another should never be underestimated.  I’ve often written about how the actions of a single person, at times being a stranger, totally changed the outlook of my day, or even of my life.  I’ve seen and talked to others that feel the same way.  I say this because sometimes people struggle so much to try and make the world a better place, but they often overlook how simple acts of kindness can change people’s lives.  Kindness, no matter what form it is expressed, should never be underestimated for its unending capacity to change things.

In a world where fear and hatred seem to be the vanguard topic discussed in the media, and where such instances are seen as normal, wholehearted genuine kindness goes a long way.  Although fear-mongering usually gets the center of attention far more often than it should, there are far more Love-based actions in the world than fear-based actions.”[2]

Kindness is crucial for it not only infuses your essence through positive interactions, but it is your kindness, when coupled to considerate and mindful communication, that has the capacity to create positive change upon others.  When caring communications don’t take place and individuals lambaste each other or are antagonistic, which is a growing issue on social media, decay arises, leading to further deterioration of communication and relationships throughout society.  That is the reason why modern discourse is so dismal on so many core issues.  Essentially, interactions between individuals stem from either side of the emotional spectrum between Fear and Love.

Love-based actions and communications nourish your soul, while Fear-based actions are lead to decay; Love-based actions and communications seek to build you up, Fear-based actions and communications inherently destroy; Love-based actions are always kind, while Fear-based actions slant in the opposite direction antagonistically, just as you see online rather often.   That is why kindness in communication is paramount.

This is exactly why in Amor Vincit Omnia, I stated:

“Ponder a world in which instead of people seeing Fear-mongering in nigh every newscast, and brought about in a way that normalizes those circumstances, you would otherwise see endless empowering acts as well as kind gestures, Love-based actions shown in a multitude of ways, sprinkled like nourishing rain drops that not only infuse the barren landscapes of society with the droplets of Love, but acts done in such a way that it creates inspiring and unending growth.

How can the world have unending growth within the landscape of life? Via the endless actions that individuals take that are Love-based.   And given that Love is unconditional, this implies constancy, which implies unlimited potential for growth.  If every individual on Earth carried out even an infinitesimal amount of additional actions from the heart, the growth would be unending because not only will that Love forever stay true, but if individuals continue being kind no matter what, it will be like perfect storm that not only repaints the canvas of life with the hues hope and goodness, but also allows for the nourishing of tomorrow, by the actions taken today.”[3][4]

Kindness, when coupled with mindful communication could spawn unlimited growth, where as fear when coupled with communication would only tear down individuals, relationships, communities, and even nations.  It might not seem significant, but it is our interactions as individuals and as a society that will ultimately lead to a better world.  But it all begins with kindness coupled with mindfulness, for that is the only way that meaningful change takes place.

As the author of The Art Of Communicating intimates:

“Every time we communicate, we either produce more compassion, love and harmony or we produce more suffering or violence.”[5]

Translation: we are the creators of our own reality and our environs.  The world we live in now, the lives that we lead, are a reflection of ourselves.  What do you see in the mirror?

As an individual, one either creates a situation in which positive growth can take place, or one creates a situation in which decay takes place through entropy.

That is why we must be mindful not only in the way that we communicate, but in the way that we consume information.  This is because we consume information throughout the entire length of our day, and it never stops with the advent of social media.

Focusing on this exact issue, the author notes:

“We tend to think of nourishment only as what we take in through our mouths, but what we consume with our eyes, our ears, our noses, our tongues, and our bodies is also food.  The conversations going on around us, and those we participate in, are also food.  Are we consuming and creating the kind of food that is healthy for us and helps us grow?”[6]

Only you yourself could answer that incisive question.

And isn’t it ironic, that the information stream on social platforms are called feeds?  What are you consuming, what is that stream feeding you?  Social media streams feed you information, which either nourishes you or tears down your consciousness, your mind, heart and soul, all of it.  That is why it is imperative to be mindful of what our minds, hearts and soul consumes, for it not only affects us, but it affects other individuals as well.

Plainly stated, this book is a crash course on how to caringly communicate with people, when speaking and listening in a mindful way.

And mindfulness is downright crucial, because:

“With mindfulness we can produce thoughts, speech, and actions that will feed our relationships and help them grow and thrive.”[7]

The opposite is also true though.

Lack of mindfulness is a seed of decay, like mindfulness is a seed of growth.  When you plant seeds in your daily endeavors make sure that they foster growth of your deepest levels and that of others.  Thankfully this book helps impart all of those notions and more.

On the same note, The Art of Communicating seeks to help individuals not only be mindful in communicating, but all their actions, for they are all connected.  Mindful breathing is even connected to mindful listening, for you can’t listen without being mindful, and taking deep breaths by default helps you become mindful as you must pay attention (be mindful) about taking that deep breath.  It’s all connected, every step and every breath.

Mindful, caring, and thoughtful communication is no different.  Neither is any other single interaction you will ever take, for communication never stops.  Every single action you take communicates to your mind, body and soul that which you care about the most.  These actions can either help you grow or thrive, and you’re in the driver’s seat.

This book simple gives you a map of how to get there.

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Footnotes:

[1] Zy Marquiez, Amor Vincit Omnia – Love Conquers All, p. 116.
[2] Ibid., p. 116.
[3] Ibid., p. 116.
[4] In Amor Vincit Omnia I mention how Love is unconditional, and I learned about this argument through Tom Campbell’s work.  In my book I simply extend upon Campbell’s argument in a logical way that will be touched upon below.

Who is Campbell?  Tom Campbell Ph.D. is the former NASA scientist that is now a consciousness researcher that I mention in the introduction of my book.  In essence, Campbell wrote a book encompassing a theory of everything, which he brings about in his My Big Toe Trilogy named My Big Toe: A Trilogy Unifying Philosophy, Physics, And Metaphysics.  As I note in the book, Campbell’s theory:

“…not only incorporates all physics, but metaphysics, quantum mechanics, reality, general relativity, the origins of consciousness, evolution, life, religion/spirituality, Love, dreams, purpose, synchronicity/serendipity, mind, matter, the paranormal (which is really the normal, that is as of yet understood), an individual’s intent, and everything else you can imagine.  His theory is a theory that involves everything, Love included.”

Given that Campbell sees Love as an integral component to evolution and its capacity to reduce entropy and stir growth, I found it pivotal to focus upon this idea in Amor Vincit Omnia.  As such, even though the notion of Love being always unconditional might seem outlandish at first blush, hear me out for a moment.  My exact note in the book was:

“…if you care for someone else, irrespective of who it is, you care for them with everything that you are, without equivocation, because Love is unconditionalIf it’s not unconditional, it’s not Love.

Now, the idea that follows is one of the main anchors of this book, and an extension of what I just said.  As such, I find it incredibly crucial, so ponder what follows countless times please.

Love can be unconditional as argued before, or unconditional.  Now, for arguments sake, contemplate what would happen if someone thinks something along the lines of “I Love you but..”.  What does that but, or that parameter implyIsn’t saying “but…”, isn’t adding a parameter in such a way the very definition of a condition, thus, being the exact opposite of unconditional?  Does that really sound like Love?  Think about it, because it’s an interesting question, and one that many people don’t consider.  That almost sounds like “I Love you, but not when you do and this and this,” or “I Love you, but only when you do this and that”.  Again, does that sound like Love?”[All Emphasis In Original Note].

When someone starts attaching conditions and parameters to Love, that doesn’t exactly sound like Love now does it?  That is why I argued why Love can only be good and only good.  For nothing else makes sense to me at least.

Ultimately if you happen to disagree, and wish to believe that Love can be anything but good, that is your opinion and I would respectfully disagree, and that would be okay.  I simply share my point of view to stoke the embers of thought for consideration of how often Love gets blamed for actions born out of fear, the ego, hatred, and so on, which conveniently all get left out when things go awry in matters of the heart and human interactions in general.

[5] Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art Of Communicating, pg. 139.
[6] Ibid., p. 3.
[7] Ibid., p. 9.

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is author of Amor Vincit Omnia – Love Conquers All, and also an avid book reviewer, poet, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, health freedom advocate, and writer who aims at empowering individuals in many ways, while also delving deeper and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, Individuality, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

Add Me On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZMarquiez
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#Book Review: UFOs For The 21st Century Mind by Richard Dolan | #Space #UFOs

BreakawayIndividual.com
Richard Dolan
February 26, 2020

In UFOs & The National Security State: Chronology Of A Cover-up – Volume 1, Richard Dolan carried out his opening salvo into the field of UFOlogy.  Seeking a veritable encyclopedia of verifiable UFO sightings with official government documentation and never finding one, Dolan took it upon himself to write a book based upon all data he was collating from all the research he was undertaking by himself.  In essence, Dolan wrote the book he was looking for in UFOlogy, but wasn’t available.

In UFO’s & The National Security State – Volume 2, Dolan further cemented himself as a genuine historian by buttressing his previous work with another landmark piece.  Like his other books, this book is sourced to the hilt, which is appreciated for those seeking to venture further into the abstruse subjet of UFOs.

Moreover, this book is also where Dolan coined the term “Breakaway Civilization”.   Dolan’s Breakaway Civilization hypothesis has helped shed light and make some sense into darker areas of UFOlogy and space by making some sense out of information that seems outlandish at first blush, like the $21 Trillion Dollars of missing money from DOD and HUD that Catherin Austin Fitts has spoken about at length.  Also, the unofficial UFOlogy ‘encyclopedia’ that Dolan began in volume one continued.

Now, in UFOs For The 21st Century Mind, Dolan wrote a book to grapple the mind of newer generations and readers, the unexposed minds, the ones interested and have long sought to dive into “the phenomenon” of UFOs, but didn’t know where to start, and everyone else interested in the subject but unsure of where to start.  This is objectively the best place.

Along this stream of thought, this book strikingly brings about a fresh new take on UFOs, with modern eyes, employing a much broader perspective and dataset than the average UFO book.  Dolan doesn’t simply stick to classic sightings, abductions and declassified documents, but goes beyond to ruminate upon the realm of consciousness, quantum entanglement and more.  This book really is an up-to-date assessment of the situation from a kaleidoscope of angles.

Dolan begins the book by examining what UFOs could be by guiding the reader closer to the subject in a thoughtful and yet trenchant manner.  This helps the reader familiarize themselves with the subject, and come to realize that there are a variety of explanations for UFO phenomena, many of which do not get considered at length, if at all.  Additionally, this is also crucial because many individuals still continue to experience the phenomena in a variety of ways, and yet there aren’t any official channels to seek help from.

In Dolan’s own words:

“Whether or not you consider UFOs to be nonsense or of great importance, people are seeing things that are affecting them deeply.  Because there are no institutional structures for them to report or discuss what they see, they often keep silent, and try to forget or only secretly cherish one of the most incredible experiences of their lives.”[1]

Dolan, however, doesn’t shy away from the fact that this is a very serious issue.  While ruminating deeply upon it, he ponders reasons both pro and con that will help bring lucidity to a situation often bathed in shadows.  In fact, implications in the fields of economy, politics, religion, culture and science are given a cursory overview early on, and then are covered at length later in the book.  Dolan doesn’t merely stop there, though.

Journeying back in time, Dolan goes on to explore this phenomenon all the way back into ancient times and attempts to separate the wheat from the chaff.  This is important because it shows UFOs aren’t simply modern phenomena.   Significant subjects such as pyramids, lost civilizations, and ancient images are also examined in a way that makes it likely that there is more than meets the eye within this expansive field then conventional academia would like you to believe.

Interestingly, we know that some pyramids contain astronomical data.  This is particularly interesting because when this information is taken in conjunction with much of the lore and myths that abound those structures, and the fact that there’s hundreds of pyramids around the globe, while also pondering the fact that many of the ancients and their myths around the globe mirror each other eerily similar, it should bring one pause at the significant cross correlation that abounds.  Granted, this in and of itself is not proof of anything, but the evidence keeps amassing in a very suggestive manner nonetheless.

What’s more, as Dolan notes, some ancient writings seem to have what could be descriptions of ancient technology, such as the passage from Ezekiel, from the Bible, which Josef Blumrich, former NASA employee, sought to debunk.

Ironically, in the book The Spaceships of Ezekiel:

Blumrich presented technical specifications of the spacecraft that he argued, fit Ezekiel’s description perfectly.  Of course, we should remember that Ezekiel presumably was describing something well beyond his experience for his time 2,500 years ago.  If he did see a descending spacecraft, he would have lacked the language or technological understanding to describe it in any way other than he did.”[2][Bold Emphasis Added]

Later in the book, Dolan brings the reader up to more modern times when he examines a distinct array of sightings and issues from the time.  These include ghost rockets, the Airship mysteries, which are rather fascinating in fact, the Minot case, the Malmstrom case, airspace violations and more.  Subsequent to that that, Dolan grapples with the issue of pervasive secrecy which he ruminates upon at length, and all that that entailed.  Many of the classics – Kecksburg, Aztec, Roswell – are also given a cursory glance.

But it doesn’t stop there.  Other significant incidents of “High Strangeness” get examined, such as some famous sightings around the globe, encounters with these beings, abductions [i.e. Travis Walton & Betty & Barney Hill] and even some crash retrievals.  All of this coalesces to show the reader that there’s more than ample evidence that the phenomena not only existed for many decades, but was taken extremely serious by those in the upper echelons of society and those in official channels.

Dolan also makes sure to home-in on quite of few aspects of the early period within UFOlogy’s history.  Here he covers everything from the blatant cover up that took place behind the scenes, FOIA requests, the penetration of UFO groups by intelligence agencies and even touches upon the need for more people to get involved in a more serious manner.

This call to arms isn’t to be taken lightly.  As Dolan intimates:

“…a proper study of UFOs is a revolutionary experience.  It shatters old belief systems and forces us to look at our world in a completely new way.  Everything is affected: history, politics, economics, science, religion, culture, and our ultimate vision of who and what we are as human beings.”[3]

The subjects of UFOs (and also the Secret Space Program as well) seeps into all aspects of life, which is why it should be taken seriously.  When all collated information Dolan has amassed is pondered at length and given a fair shot, it is impossible not see something is going on.  Deeper truths lay buried deep within the rabbit holes of the field.  Undoubtedly, whenever even a fraction of these truths arise they will change the face of the world over night.  Those that are researching this field will be ahead of the masses in understanding the phenomenon and much of the disinformation that will also come regarding it once all of that takes place.  That is another point to consider why this book should be read.

This subject is too important to overlook, and if humanity is ever going to prepare itself to live in a post-disclosure era, it is important to know the history of this subject and its implications.  If you’ve never read a book on this subject in your life, make this your first one.  You will not regret it.  As someone whose read over three dozen books on the subject, nothing else comes close to be this comprehensive while also being sober and realistic. Simply stated, if you want a book that is accessible to lay person, but also stimulating enough to get your brain cells churning, and leaves you pondering of all that has taken place, is taken place, and could take place, venture no further for this is the book for you.

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Footnotes:

[1] Richard Dolan, UFOs For The 21st Century Mind, p. 9
[2] Ibid., p. 55.
[3] Ibid., p. 2.

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is author of Amor Vincit Omnia – Love Conquers All, and also an avid book reviewer, poet, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, health freedom advocate, and writer who aims at empowering individuals in many ways, while also delving deeper and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, Individuality, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

Add Me On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZMarquiez
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From Ancient To Breakaway Civilizations – A Conversation With Walter Bosley
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The Case For A Breakaway Civilization [Part 2] – A Conversation With Richard Dolan

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Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto
History So It Doesn’t Repeat – The Deliberate Dumbing Down Of America with Charlotte Iserbyt
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Mindset Musings#1: Venturing Outside Of Comfort Zones
Rotten To The Common Core by Dr. Joseph P. Farrell & Gary Lawrence
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#Book Review: Propaganda by Edward Bernays | #SmartReads #BookReview #SocialEngineering

“Bernay’s honest and practical manual provides much insight into some of the most powerful and influential institutions of contemporary industrial state capitalist democracies.”
– Noam Chomsky

“Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.”
– Edward Bernays

BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
February 22, 2020

Propaganda is a tool widely used by those holding power positions in many facets of society, from politicians, religious leaders, agents of the state to corporate brass.  Propaganda is employed regularly because it works, and it has for centuries.  And if one wishes to comprehend the modern iteration of propaganda, there is no better individual to learn from than “the father of public relations” Edward Bernays.

Edward Bernays, whose magnum opus is Propaganda, laid the foundation for propaganda as it is now known.  Bernay’s book Propaganda outlines in profound detail many aspects of how propaganda works, and how this notion was thought about nigh a century ago.  This book was originally published in 1928, and yet its effects are still as important today as they have ever been, if not more so.

Bernay’s book is quite sobering because it details how the mass manipulation of the human subconscious can place can take at unprecedented scale.

In a world where the propaganda vice-grip has reached unfathomable levels, knowledge of how this takes place is not only imperative, but the responsibility of the individual.

Be that as it may, propaganda flows through all media – news, tv shows, songs, radio stations, advertisements, magazines, and more.  Plain and simple, propaganda has unfortunately become an undeniable part of our societal structure.

Webbing the populace at will, this tool, and all its functions have served to greatly increase the influence and power of most individuals and institutions employing it.

As VigilantCitizen eloquently states:

“Bernay’s trailblazing marketing campaigns profoundly changed the functioning of American society. He basically created “consumerism” by creating a culture wherein Americans bought for pleasure instead of buying for survival. For this reason, he was considered by Life Magazine to be in the Top 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century.”[Bold Emphasis Added.]1

Propaganda, in it of itself, is not negative per se. However, if lies, misinformation, disinformation, are inherently embedded within the messages being shared, then this tool can have seriously nefarious and wide reaching consequences for entire populations.

If individuals wish to understand how the rulers of our time operate and how they are able to achieve and keep their power, then Propaganda is the perfect baseline.

Personally, this book should be mandatory for everyone’s education, as knowing how propaganda is employed and its many facets would make all individuals incredibly robust in facing the onslaught of modern propaganda, which is relentless. More importantly, only by knowing what you face and how it is employed can one learn how to overcome it.

To sum up this work, it is best to leave you with this Orwellian quote by Bernays that should be pondered at length:

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”

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Source

[1] http://vigilantcitizen.com/vigilantreport/mind-control-theories-and-techniques-used-by-mass-media/

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About The Author:

Zy Marquiez is author of Amor Vincit Omnia – Love Conquers All, and also an avid book reviewer, poet, inquirer, an open-minded skeptic, health freedom advocate, and writer who aims at empowering individuals in many ways, while also delving deeper and regularly mirroring subjects like Consciousness, Education, Creativity, Individuality, Ancient History & Ancient Civilizations, Forbidden Archaeology, Big Pharma, Alternative Health, Space, Geoengineering, Social Engineering, Propaganda, and much more.

Add Me On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZMarquiez
Follow The Page On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BreakawayIndividual/

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#Book Review: Dialectical Thinking – Zeno, Socrates, Kant, Marx by Tommi Juhani Hanjijarvi Ph.D. | #SmartReads | #Education | #Learning

BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
February 20, 2020

This particular book is a great foray for those beginning to delve into dialectics.

In Dialectical Thinking – Zeno, Socrates, Kant, Marx by Tommi Juhani Hanjijarvi Ph.D., seeks to show how valuable dialectical thinking is as he examines the minds of former dialecticians.

To accomplish this Hanjijarvi sifts through noteworthy examples in dialectics that were brought about by individuals such as Socrates, Kant, Zeno and Marx, while also coupling additional examples from other incisive minds to supplant the examples of the core four, which are the main focus of the book.

For instance, while analyzing Marx’s foray into dialectics, the author delves into information brought about by Engel, Bernstein, Lenin and such.

As the author makes clear, dialectics have extensive uses.  More incisively, as the author argues “Dialectics are always about the dynamics of the self.”

It was quite mentally invigorating seeing the different dialectics employed by the great dialecticians.  Moreover, it was also interesting to note where some of their ruminations dovetailed and what paths those notions discussed led them towards.

These days, the benefit of employing sound reason, as dialecticians do and this book showcases, would be a great skillset for individuals to learn.  That skillset would allow individuals to put themselves on either sides (or all sides) of an equation, rather than end up simply fostering their points of views without taking the other person’s view into consideration, or at least examining it in detail if such needs to be the case.

Truth be told, reality is vastly more complex than two sides most often.  This reason is why this type of book is downright crucial, since it helps lay a solid foundation as an introductory volume into the discipline of dialectics and the understanding of subjects from various points of views in a sound manner.

Thinking unilaterally about incisive issues won’t help people think critically, nor will it help people to think outside the box.  Predictably, this prevents individuals from grasping crucial issues at their core, or from the kaleidoscope of angles that particular issues might inherently contain.

Frankly, this book should be considered for any inquiring individual.  I have already suggested this book to quite a few individuals for homeschooling and those that employ self-directed learning. 

As an introduction to the dialectical thinking employed by some of the greatest dialecticians, this book carries out its premise and then some.  Make sure to supplant this book first and foremost with How To Read A Book, by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren, coupling it with Socratic Logic and Philosophy 101 by Peter Kreeft, as well as A Workbook For Arguments – A Guide For Critical Thinking by David R. Morrow and Anthony Weston, and you have a veritable foundation for self-directed learning that creates an incredibly ironclad foundation

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7 Phenomenal Books For Homeschooling Self-Directed Learners & Autodidacts

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Real books disgust the totalitarian mind because they generate uncontrollable mental growth – and it cannot be monitored.”[Bold Emphasis Added]
– John Taylor Gatto, A Different Kind Of Teacher, [1]

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BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
February 15, 2020

Education is the most vital component of an individual’s repertoire.  Without it, the individual is like a ship without a rudder, drifting aimlessly amidst the seas of life.

For that reason it is imperative for individuals to make sure that they continue to educate themselves, no matter what stage of life they are in.  This is why the following list has been composed.

Each of the books that have been reviewed below offers abundant wisdom from which to learn from.  Plus, considering we are in an age where public schooling is about conformity, division, dumbing people down, and more, it would be shrewd for individuals to take their own education into their hands.

If you wish to read more about the books, click the link on the book titles to heads towards the reviews.

Book #1Socratic Logic V3.1 by Peter Kreeft Ph.D

Out of all of these 7 books, this is easily the most demanding one, but this book also has the capacity to net the most impact in your life given that logic may, and should, be employed at any given moment in life.  That is because there is no area of life that Logic cannot help in.

The lessons of this book will be useful every single day.  Although requiring considerable effort, the book is a much easier read than Aristotle’s Organnon, while still covering the core dynamics in a pragmatic format.

Book #2The Trivium – The Liberal Arts Of Grammar, Logic & Rhetoric by Sister Miriam Joseph Ph.D.

In the past, the Trivium was taught in classical education, and was the foundation upon the rest of an individual’s education stemmed from.  That is no longer the case however.  Because of that it is imperative that books discussing classical education such as The Trivium be given serious consideration since the Trivium is one of the leading reasons why education decades and centuries ago was vastly superior than it is now.

In fact, think of these names: Leonardo Da Vinci, Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Ayn Rand, Nikola Tesla, Sir Isaac Newton, and countless others.  What do they all have in common?  They are some of the most brilliant minds in human history, and none of them came out of a modern public schooling system.

As Dr. Joseph P. Farrell & Gary Lawrence note in their sobering, and yet noteworthy book Rotten To The (Common) Core:

“None of them attended a twentieth or twenty-first century American public schooling system.

None of them was taught by a teacher that had to obtain a teaching “credential” at an accredited – that is to say, officially “approved” – state or private school.  Indeed, some of them positively bucked the modern system by having been “homeschooled” by persons running small “schools” out of their homes.”[2]

Translation: all of those individuals became some of the greatest minds by employing traditional methods of education, methods that have been outright siphoned from public schooling, which is why I often make the distinction in separating public schooling from education, as the late Gatto so incisively stated, as they are not the same thing.

Just as a house cannot be complete without a foundation, an individual’s education, no matter the age, cannot be complete without knowledge of the Trivium.  The Trivium encompasses all aspects of grammar, logic and rhetoric.  This book is a thorough presentation on traditional grammar, which is vastly different than what modern schooling teaches, fallacies, syllogisms, a solid logic introduction, enthymemes, poetics, figurative language , all with a hefty dose of examples from which to learn from.

Book #3How To Read A Book – The Classic Guide To Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren.

The title of this book is a misnomer, and many people overlook it because they ‘know’ how to ‘read’ a book.  However, reading isn’t the main focus of this book; it is information extraction and retention – getting the most out of the book, which is much more different than simple reading.

If there is one book you read, make it this one because you read everyday in life, and the more information we are subjected to, the more we will read.  Knowing how to get the most out of everything we read, every article, every study, every book, and every story and so on, will only help you get ahead of the curve.

Simply stated: this is a must-read book.  In fact, it would be a mistake not to have it because not following many of these tenets would mean an individual is only attaining fractional understanding of all subjects.  The book really is downright crucial and I cannot recommend it highly enough.  It’s been popular for decades, and for good reason.

Book #4Philosophy 101 – An Introduction To Philosophy Via Plato’s Apology by Peter Kreeft Ph.D.

If you want an easy-to-follow introduction to philosophy that is accessible to everyone but also stimulating enough to get your brain cells churning, get this book.  It’s a refreshingly unique way of looking at philosophy and should not be overlooked.  It is also much shorter than the previous three books above, and is incredibly accessible.

Book #5
The Complete Workbook For Arguments – A Complete Course In Critical Thinking [2nd Ed.] by David R. Morrow & Anthony Weston.

This book hones your critical thinking skills in a very incredible manner.  Seeing the failure of modern schooling, one would figure for a public school system that continues to fail, critical thinking would be at the top of the agenda to implement within public schooling. Such is not the case though, wherein this book comes in.

This book is affordable, has ample exercises, uses a very logical and reasonable approach that builds on itself and is easy to follow.  It’s complex enough, but not overly so.  It’s a book that’s referenced often and highly valuable.

Book #6
The Imaginative Argument – A Practical Manifesto For Writers by Frank L. Cioffi.

Now, this book by Cioffi brings a fascinating and refreshing outside-of-the-box perspective to argumentation to boot.  The author takes a rather unique approach I’ve never seen before, and one I wished was available in public schooling, but of course isn’t.  The book covers everything from essays, thesis, creative writing, paragraph design, audience considerations, writing prompts, fallacies and more.  If you’re a regular writer of any type, even if it’s not argumentation per se, I would still say this is a must read.  Or at least consider it.  As part of a homeschooling and self-directed course, this is definitely a must have though.

Book #7: Sherlock Holmes – The Complete Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.

And here comes the curveball: learning Logic through fiction!

This one’s an outside-of-the-box suggestion, but for an incredibly reason.  Sherlock Holmes is easily best book from which to learn critical thinking in fiction form.  Nothing else comes even close.  If you have any suggestions to add, or better, I would really like to hear them because I am always open-minded and would like to read similar books in fictional form since it allows a reader to enjoy leisure time, while also honing the mind simultaneously.

If you haven’t read any of the Arthur Conan Doyle books, Holmes uses his usual analytical approach that’s incisive in logic and precise in detail to solve every single case he ends up getting involved in.  Some cases offer more for learning than others, but the book as a whole is something every person should read give that not only does it teach you Logic in a roundabout way, but it does so in an interesting way, too.

What we as individuals accomplish in life, especially if you want to live life to the fullest, is directly proportional to what we know and are capable of.  Without robust capabilities, an individual is like a leaf in the wind, merely flowing aimlessly in the wind without a chosen direction.

This is why it’s crucial to make sure your education stands on firm ground, and you are proactive about seeking it as well.  Without a proactive approach, we’ll only achieve a portion of what we could attain in life, merely growing into a fraction of our true boundless potential, thus not living life to the fullest.

It’s never too late to be proactive about your education.

Seek to better yourself, every single day; every single step, every single breath.

Seek to learn every day, from every person, in every instance, through every breath, in every way.

Not only will that help solidify your intellectual faculties in an ironclad manner, but it will also imbue your life with more meaning than you could ever imagine.

Life never stops moving forward, and neither should you.
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[1] John Taylor Gatto, A Different Kind Of Teacher, p. 82.
[2] Dr. Joseph P. Farrell, Rotten To The(Common) Core, p 4.

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The Tavistock Institute – Social Engineering The Masses By Daniel Estulin
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Emergence Of Orwellian Newspeak & The Death Of Free Speech
What Is An Elite Curriculum?
A Mind Of Your Own – The Truth About Depression by Dr. Kelly Brogan
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Invisible Influence by Kevin Hogan

Book Review: A Workbook For Arguments – A Complete Course In Critical Thinking [2nd Ed.] by David R. Morrow & Anthony Weston | #SmartReads

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Zy Marquiez
February 14, 2020

Having read A Rulebook For Arguments by Anthony Weston and finding it quite useful, the prospect of reading a book along very similar lines but offering more expanded thought seemed quite intriguing.  Thankfully, the following book delivered in spades.

A Workbook For Arguments – A Complete Course In Critical Thinking by David R. Morrow & Anthony Weston is a very comprehensive and incisive foray into what it takes to create a critical thinking mind, and how to employ it effectively as well.

Not only does A Workbook For Arguments contain the text from A Rulebook For Arguments with further extensions which help the reader become more robust with the content further broken down, but it also features simple and yet acute advice for the individual to become more apt in argumentation.

In conjunction with that, the authors break down about half the exercises in the book with model responses in the back of the book.  Most of these exercise detail real world dilemmas one is likely to hear quite often, detailing the pros and cons of whatever answers were employed, and how each of those may affect an individual or society as a whole.

Also included in the book is a rundown of some of the most common fallacies, which is also useful since fallacies are employed far more often than most realize, and aren’t really taught in school, when in all actuality they should be.  Knowing these fallacies is vital to understand not only someone else’s argument and their inherent flaws, but also in constructing and fine-tuning one’s own.

Arguably, the most important part of this book is that from the beginning it guides the reader through the steps in constructing a critical argument in a very logical fashion.  What’s more, throughout the book, new topics continually build on the prior ones continuing to add layers to the strong foundation the book helps cement from the get go.

Personally, this is the kind of book whose contents should be mandatory to learn in school and should definitely not be overlooked for homeschooling, autodidacts and self-teachers.

Simply stated, anyone who is seeking to employ critical thinking, use logic in argumentation and become more robust in most key aspects of argumentation should get this book, if not file it under careful consideration.  If you think about it, even if it was priced at double or triple the price, it would STILL be worth it, because college courses covering the same subject are often more costly, and offer barely a fraction of what’s here, IF they offer anything of such high quality.

Bottom line: get this book.  You will not regret it.

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Author’s Note:

I recently found out, there is in fact a 3rd Edition of the book.  I haven’t reviewed it, but I do plan on reading it in the future.  I say that just in case anyone is interested in knowing.  Whenever I do read it, I will note how much content has been added and/or changed.  Until though, I cannot vouch for it, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it was worth the money, considering the quality of work of the authors.

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Invisible Influence by Kevin Hogan

Book Review: The Imaginative Argument – A Practical Manifesto For Writers By Frank L. Cioffi | #BookReview #Writing

BreakawayIndividual.com
Zy Marquiez
February 13, 2020

The Imaginative Argument – A Practical Manifesto For Writers by Frank L. Cioffi is an innovative book that shows writers how to explore a wide array of subjects in a truly creative way.

Cioffi infuses the book with abundant practical, thoughtful, yet incisive examples that teach individuals the many possibilities available in argumentation, while still leaving the reader the versatility to focus and employ their own creative style in their writing repertoire.

Sourcing authors such as Orwell, Goffman, Benedict, Updike, James, Nabovok and others, the author helps the reader analyze them and view their notable writing idiosyncrasies for the strengths they were, while also showing the vast range these writers employed each in their own unique way.

The Imaginative Argument is an outside of the box book that it is better thought of as belonging in its own writing domain, for it doesn’t operate within any proverbial box, as it teaches argumentation in a robust and yet meaningful way that doesn’t shackle itself to any preconceived notions but uses imagination as the gateway from which it operates.

In other words, what Cioffi offers in this book is a mixture of equal parts mad scientist and academician who employ mathematical precision merged with the range of a boundless artist that utilizes the universe as its canvas for writing.  The Imaginative Argument is a true perfect fusion of the left and right brain to boot, which is the best part of this book.

Writing argumentative papers or articles on serious subjects can really make for a dull read.  But this book helps add additional depth and intrigue by its inherent strength in showing many of the ways that subjects can be explored in a non-traditional way that really leaves the reader thinking in ways they wouldn’t have done so if a subject was written about in a more traditional way as writing is often taught.

Covered also within the confines of this book are all of the major parts of constructing an essay: a solid foundational introduction, a consideration of the audience which is focused on quite a bit throughout the book, a foray into the writing process, a focus on the thesis, arguments, style, and much more.

The end of the book even provides additional sample essays and writing prompts which serve to further an individual’s self-directed learning process.

In its totality, this book offers a lot of ideas for consideration for all writers.  Cioffi’s refreshing and fearless approach serves to engage the reader quite saliently, also providing a veritable mixture of do’s and don’ts that are not only practical but useful.

Cioffi created an absolute masterpiece in the field of creative argumentation, and for that he should be applauded at length.

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The Tavistock Institute – Social Engineering The Masses By Daniel Estulin
Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Emergence Of Orwellian Newspeak & The Death Of Free Speech
What Is An Elite Curriculum?
A Mind Of Your Own – The Truth About Depression by Dr. Kelly Brogan
Social Engineering 101
Drilling Through The Core by Sandra Stotski & Contributors
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Invisible Influence by Kevin Hogan