Seth David Chernoff’s Manual for Living: A User’s Guide to the Meaning of Life: CONNECTION is a treatise which seeks to help readers find a meaningful purpose in life. Another related objective in life is to find clarity in our finite existence. In moving forward, the author believes that the act of pursuing more and more affluence pulls us away from an important connection to society at large and those around us.
Henry Ward Beecher stated that: “He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.” Ultimately, a person’s character and inner core determines the richness of being over crass materiality.
Chernoff writes that transformation happens uneventfully and paradigms shift when we can let go of the past so that we can take full advantage of future opportunities. In addition, the book makes clear that technology can never supplant human bonding and connectivity.
The author goes on further to explain how core communications breakdowns can lead to wars, divorces, and other modes of avoidable confrontation. A classic fault may be to attempt to control other people. In reality, a sustained attempt to control other people can be counterproductive.
Bertrand Russell said that: “To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.”
Fear is an irrational state that can take over our entire being and prevent rational consideration of even the most meritorious alternatives.
Nurturing solid relationships can evolve from the initial stages of learning to growth and understanding. According to Marcel Proust, “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
A fault of people is to purchase things in order to feel better about themselves. This behavior in itself can bring individual consumers to the verge of bankruptcy for no good reason except compulsion. Ultimately, the best way to feel better about ourselves is through connectivity with the people in our periphery and not acquiring things to expand the stock of our material possessions.
Overall, the author makes clear a number of difficult notions like freedom, honesty, letting go, intimacy, friendship, and many more. Most people know these concepts on an intuitive level. The author clarifies these concepts with plenty of pertinent examples which have practical application in our everyday lives.
Manual For Living is written in simple language. Difficult concepts are made easier through the prism of proverbial wisdom and numerous quotes by noted scholars. A strength of the book is that Chernoff seeks to present the material
dispassionately with very little preaching in the presentation. The acquisition would be a worthy purchase for your personal library. In addition, the contents can help readers cope with the vagaries of life on every level. For this reason
alone, the book has substantial value to consumers everywhere.