A New Way To Be Human: Seven Spiritual Pathways To Becoming Fully Alive by Robert V. Taylor explains that opening our hearts to love and compassion will enhance our humanity. This is the new way of being human which is in contrast to the old ways involving countless compromises and choices that limit or compartmentalize the process of life itself.
The story opens with a foreword by The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus, and Nobelist of Cape Town. The foreword challenges us to explain our identity. There are three steppingstones in this process. The first is to share your story to reveal yourself and where you are headed. The second is to share your experiences with others. The third part is to engage others in order to connect your story outside the traditional comfort zone. A famous Tao saying recognizes that: “The journey is the reward.”
The concept of the self is quite complex. The Id is the unit of the psyche, residing in the unconscious, that is the source of instinctive impulses which crave satisfaction in accordance with expectations of pleasure. The ego and the superego are modifiers before the instinctive impulses are given expression overtly. Sigmund Freud said that: “Where Id was, there ego shall be“.
A New Way To Be Human challenges us to channel these instinctive impulses outside of our normal comfort zones and into the experiential domain of shared experiences with others within our periphery. The African concept of Ubuntu recognizes that each person exists within the context of others. Your own heart is enlarged, changed, and renewed iteratively when you connect to relatives in the human family. Buddha said that: “The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.”
A New Way To Be Human, is a wonderful book which challenges us to reach a higher order in expressing our humanity. This new way of viewing people and things will divert us away from sum zero conflict into more empathetic and conciliatory modes of behavior in our interaction with others.