The Way We Are

The Way We Are

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
The psychoanalyst author of How People Change and The Illusionless Man challenges popular misconceptions about the human mind's utilization of self-deception as a survival technique, explaining how individuals trade their personal freedoms for the security of tribes or states regardless of moral constraints.

Norton Pub
Allen Wheelis starts from the premise that human beings do not know themselves because deception—including self-deception—is not only a strategy for survival, it is the basis of the social contract whereby man trades his individual freedom for the security of a tribe or state. Are we really motivated by ideals such as freedom, equality, and justice? In fact these are only distractions useful to the state, which demands conscience of us but is itself above all moral constraints, seeking only power. Were we to understand or dwell on our individual mortality, we would not be willing to make the necessary sacrifices or participate in the bloody business of the group.This unsparing map of the human condition is presented in hypnotic prose and illustrated by vivid fictional narratives. Unsparing as it is, the book finds its way to an episode of transcendent love, for this too is part of the way we are.
This brief book, containing a lifetime of wisdom and experience, challenges our cherished assumptions about human nature.

Publisher: New York : Norton, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393062144
Characteristics: 141 p. ; 21 cm


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