The Absurdity of Pride and the Peace of Humility

How We Can Reestablish Our Relationships with Other People, Other Groups, and Other Species to Live Peaceful Lives and Avoid Extinction

by Michal H. Hall

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 24/04/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 242
ISBN : 9781452594132

About the Book

After several years of research into the new discoveries of science and cosmology and the new translations of the world’s religions, I have found that we are not only going extinct, but that we are the ones doing it through pride and arrogance. We as a species have developed an addiction to this ugly, disconnecting emotion. Totally lost to us is the unifying, sustainable emotion of humility. Clearly, unless we can recover humility’s natural state, we will continue in the violent, frightened, unjust lifestyle of pride, and we will force our own species—and many others on the Earth—into extinction. This book maps out our personal, group, and species pride so there can be no doubt of its powerful influence in—and lethal power over—everything about us. A study of how we can get out of pride and into a state of humility occupies most of the book because that is what we must do right now. If we are to live enjoyable and meaningful lives and have a future, we must throw off pride and enter into humility. This book is a map, guide, and call to hope for our joyful and sustainable future. It’s a call to come out of our slavery to self to see and embrace other humans, groups, and species of the Earth. In this new state of humility, we will be released to see ourselves not just as citizens of the Earth, but as citizens of the cosmos. In humility, we will discover that we are not the center of anything but an important part of everything. We will throw off things like pride’s violence, illusions of control, worry, fear, anger, fighting, comparing, judging, competing, and taking everything personally. We will take on humility’s laughter—especially at ourselves—love, justice, peace, forgiveness, identifying with and appreciating everything, and being all-inclusive. The natural thing would have been for us to evolve into humility. It is the only way that any reflective species in the cosmos can ever hope to survive and flourish.

About the Author

The author began his formal education with advancing bachelor, master and doctor’s degrees. He became a progressive Presbyterian USA minister serving imaginative congregations for 40 years. He also taught in colleges and seminaries, did numerous television series on philosophy and religion in Atlanta, and produced television specials for PBS and AIB centering on the life and writings of Teilhard de Chardin. Over the years, he began seven large organizations to meet human need. Upon retirement, he took two years to study the amazing surge in scientific knowledge and the wisdom coming from the recently available translations of the world’s religious writings. In his travel and research, he found himself face to face with the fact that we as a species are not only going extinct, but also we as a supposedly intelligent species are the ones doing it. He now spends his days lecturing and writing on how we can release ourselves from pride’s destruction of our individual, group and species relationships to move into a real, sustainable state called “humility”.