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Book Review: A New Way To Be Human: Seven Spiritual Pathways To Becoming Fully Alive by Robert V. Taylor

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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.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.