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Fall: The Insanity of the Ego in Human History and the Dawning of a New Era (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 13. Oktober 2005

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An important and fascinating book about the origin, history and impending demise of the ego humanity's collective dysfunction. The Fall is highly readable and enlightening, as the author's acute mind is at all times imbued with the higher faculty of spiritual awareness.--Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth"

This is an important book which deserves to be read widely. Ultimately Taylor brings a message of hope. He challenges us all to transcend the ego and integrate the intellectual brilliance it has given us with the intense connectedness and aliveness that spiritual practices can bring us. He challenges us to make a difference to the world by transforming ourselves through meditation and the pragmatic activities of service, living lightly and promoting social change. He presents a vision of a possible future in which there is no war ... male domination and social inequality, no shame of sex or the body, and no domination of other species and the natural world. Written in clear, lucid prose, this book is easy to read and Taylor's sources are well referenced for those who want to dig deeper. I strongly recommend it.--Malcolm Hollick, author of The Science of Oneness

It is my fervent wish that this important book will have a wide audience. In a world where the very existence of humanity is threatened, Steve Taylor offers a visionary yet practical path out of the morass that distorts human nature.--Stanley Krippner, professor of psychology, Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, former president of Parapsychological Association, Ph.D., professor of psychology, Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, former president of Parapsychological Association


It is not "natural" for human beings to kill each other, for men to oppress women, parents to oppress children, for individuals or nations to accumulate massive wealth and power, to abuse nature, to even despise our own bodies and feel guilty for experiencing natural desires. The roots of our current malaise lie in an "ego-explosion" that happened several thousand years BC. "Primitive" pre-civilization men and women lived longer, healthier, happier and more productive and fulfilled lives than we do. We need to learn from their approach to life rather than dismiss it. This is the revolutionary thesis of this well-researched, highly praised volume, overturning the accepted wisdom of the last few centuries.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good until the end 6. Februar 2014
Von Matt - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The author presents a unique analysis of human history that I haven't read anywhere else. He gives many footnotes and references to anthropologists and philosophers in his work, which I checked out on wikipedia and they seem to be valid. I always wonder about these type of books that have an ideological ax to grind, but this one seems okay. His ideas are unconventional, but I don't believe he is pulling random ideas out of his imagination or twisting facts too much to support his arguments, as some other authors in this genre do.

The main theme of the book is that rather than being brutal savages, prehistoric humans lived as peaceful bands of hunter/gatherers and farmers. He cites various tribal groups throughout history to make his point. He argues that human society remained peaceful and cooperative until the arrival of the Ego, a sort of psychological problem which was brought about by resource scarcity in the Middle East. He states that the resource scarcity was brought about by climate change.

The climate change may or may not be true -- I didn't check up on that one. The reason I didn't check it is that I think the Ego could have come about just from population increases, regardless of whether there were any climate changes. The climate change is actually unimportant to the argument, in my opinion.

I believe that as the human population increased, common sense tells us that competition for natural resources must have increased as well. When there was no longer any unpopulated land left on the European continent, people must have come into conflict more frequently. Those tribes who were most warlike and had the strongest army would naturally dominate/destroy the more peaceful tribes.

Of course, the most warlike individual/tribe is also the individual/tribe with the biggest Ego problem... (by definition)

Fast-forward to today, and it is obvious that our leaders in both the corporate world and political world still suffer from the same Ego problem, where humans are treated as "human resources" rather than conscious beings, and multilevel hierarchical control is still the norm. Abuse of nature is common, and dishonesty and manipulation radiate from our mainstream media as the powerful keep the weak in check with misinformation. The technologies may have changed, but the same "Genghis Khan" (a.k.a. sociopath) type mentality rules our boardrooms and legislature.

The author's solution is basically that people need to start becoming more enlightened, practice meditation, and to conserve natural resources. Looking at the people I know in my daily life, I have a hard time believing that many in this society will ever be able to achieve that level of conscious awareness. Nevertheless, I do agree with the author that if things don't change soon the human race will probably destroy itself...

I think one possible route to the enlightenment would be the information now available on the internet that is out of control of the ruling elite. It is difficult for them to stop someone from posting a video on youtube expressing their opinions about NSA spying, bank bailouts, drone attacks, or whatever -- at least at this point of time. And if enough people start questioning and searching for answers, then perhaps we really will see some social change. I worry though that the internet will be shut down or censored in the future in western countries, though, like it is in China and some Mid-East countries.

Overall, I agree with most of what the author wrote in the book. However, I disagree with the author's political views. He seems to view government programs that redistribute wealth to be beneficial, with one example he mentioned being Social Security. The reason I disagree is that I don't think the government can legislate compassion to force people to be kinder. In my opinion, the change towards a more compassionate society has to come from within - i.e. PEOPLE must become the change rather than trying to FORCE change on each other. If the change isn't voluntary, then it will fail.

He cites Soviet communism as an example of a top-down type of change that failed due to the people's psychology/ego not being ready for a society of compassion. Well, yes, exactly!! I wonder then why doesn't he see the same problem in his own progressive politics point of view? The same problems would happen today if we try to enact communism/socialism in America.

Basically what I am saying here is that the change has to come from individual free choice. Otherwise, you are just recreating the same problem that you are trying to solve, by using authoritarianism and hierarchy to manipulate people. This is why communism cannot and does not work. Compassion can't be forced on people by the government, and if it is, it actually has the opposite effect as people fight the law because it is taking away their voluntarily choice to be compassionate or not (like Obamacare for example).

I agree with the author that contemporary society needs to become more compassionate/cooperative rather than greedy/manipulative. Our world is in so much trouble. However, you can't solve selfishness by selfishly controlling other people to obey your will!!! The same mentality that created the problem cannot be used to fix it. I believe the change to become more compassionate must come from WITHIN each individual, from their heart, otherwise it won't work. We can see that today with all the social programs that were created with good intentions, but ended up becoming bankrupt (e.g. social security) or created more of the problem they sought to solve (e.g. war on drugs)...

My suggested further reading if you like this book: Austrian economics, Libertarianism, Ron Paul
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Read as an active participant in the story of human history rather than a detached academic observer. 8. April 2013
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This book is unique in that it attempts to explain the history of humanity from a psychological perspective addressing questions such as why is it that we need to wage war century after century? Why have we oppressed women and children throughout the ages? Why do we continue to destroy the environment when we know disaster looms for next generations? It brings together evidence from archaeology, anthropology, psychology and other social sciences, art and literature. It presents a new perspective on history and although it may not stand up to the rigours of academic scrutiny, it does paint a convincing picture of how we got ourselves into the "mess" we currently find ourselves in and why there is a lack of empathy in the world for each other as humans, as well as for other species and the environment. Steve Taylor argues that a psycho/spiritual transformation rather than superficial political change is necessary. The author is extremely well read to have put together such a vast body of evidence taken from so many different cultures and historic time periods. If you want a "sane" interpretation of the human story over the last 8000 years rather than a rigorous fact based time-line, then this read is a must. It ends with a optimistic view for the future of humanity but what we have to do to achieve a transformed world without war, human exploitation and suffering may well surprise you especially if you adhere to a strict Judaic/Christian/Islamic world view. I would go so far as to say that this style of history evokes in us a sense of responsibility to future generations as we inherit the legacy from previous generations. It shows us how we are part of the problem as well as the solution. I would love to see this book used in schools as part of the ancient history curriculum as it would empower students to feel that have the ability to literally change history.
5.0 von 5 Sternen But just the fact that we can SEE the problem thanks to Taylor and others means there remains great hope. 8. September 2016
Von Chris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Interesting and critically important account of the rise of the human ego and the resultant mass suffering of mankind and an endangered planet Earth our species inhabits. But just the fact that we can SEE the problem thanks to Taylor and others means there remains great hope...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Thought-provoking 18. Februar 2014
Von TLR - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I think Taylor makes a lot of good arguments about what is wrong with modern humans, and the problems with what we call "civilization." Some of the solutions may be a bit optimistic, though. I believe he also romanticizes what life was like among prehistoric peoples. The book WAR BEFORE CIVILIZATION by Lawrence Keeley makes it clear that conflict and savagery have been around as long as humans have. Overall, though, there is a lot of worthwhile material to digest here.

I like how Colin Wilson put it on the back cover: "The argument that human beings have not always been - and do not have to be - such a psychological mess is presented with a beautiful inevitability and logic. The book is a remarkable feat."
5.0 von 5 Sternen Well researched and compelling theory 21. April 2017
Von Donn Vickrey - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Steve Taylor's theory of "The Fall" is well researched and compelling, though likely to be controversial in academic circles. It presents an interesting argument that is sure to stimulate thought and provide insight.

It's academic in tone. Not your "typical" book on spiritual matters. At the same time it is a nice compliment to the writings of other spiritual authors such as Eckhart Tolle.
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