“Man Alive!” - “Say WHAT?!”
I received an email, a week or so ago, from Greg Swann. Greg was one of the first individuals I had some back and forth discussion with when I initially ventured into blogging cyberspace courtesy of Blogger. Greg’s email read as follows.
Libertarianism is the politics of egoism. Rand sells. Hayek doesn’t. The path back to individual freedom requires a better defense of the self. This free book does that job. I’m hoping you can help it find its readers.
The title of Greg’s book is Man Alive! A survival manual for the human mind., and I finished reading through it yesterday afternoon.
The gist of this little online volume, I think, can be condensed down into these points. All individuals are philosophers, whether they know it or not. Individuals’ understanding of philosophy have been muddled, or led astray over the years, by errant teachers, “thought-leaders,” of various stripes and robes. The most important question in philosophy is “What should I do?” You are all alone, but you do have recourse to the knowledge accumulated over the years by our human ancestors due to language, or what Greg refers to as “Fathertongue.” The idea of selflessness has risen to evil prominence in society. You should love yourself.
While Man Alive! presents the ideas and arguments in support of the gist of the book, mentioned above, in a straightforward manner, in referring to this work as “a survival manual for the human mind” I must respond with “Say WHAT?!”
Thanks for the review, John. I’m sorry you didn’t like the book more. If you find it recalling itself to your mind—it’s meant to do that—you might give it another read.
For readers here looking to put a toe in the water before taking the big plunge, the weblog post Psalm summarizes my style of egoism, and this video takes up four significant issues of mental self-defense.
Man Alive! is changing lives. It’s nothing more than a technique, really, a praxis, like algebra, that anyone can easily learn and master. But once you reframe your thinking in the way the book details, everything in your life will change for the better.
As a matter of inside baseball, I believe that if this meme can be spread far enough, fast enough—using the power of the internet—we can take back the world in no time.Posted by Greg Swann on 04/16 at 03:27 PM
Sounds interesting. I have to give it a read. “The Idea the selflessness has risen to evil prominence in society,” sounds intriguing. I would have thought selfishness. Yet, he considers the selfless evil in their undertakings. Their sense of self worth bottled up in a myriad of charities that they never actually visit, yet use as a means to show off a new Gucci dress… What?Posted by Ally on 06/27 at 03:44 PM