I’ve added another book to the recommended reading section. It is Life Is So Good by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman. Dawson was 101 years old when he worked with author Glaubman to chronicle his life which touched on three centuries. Dawson had become somewhat famous after having checked into Elementary school at 98 years of age to learn to read.
This book will be of particular interest to those who bought into Dianetics or Scientology out of concerns for health and longevity – two things the subjects have consistently promised to better. In a way the book validates the core reasons the subjects posit as the primary causation of ill health and early expiration. On the other hand, it might help free one from the misconceptions the Corporate Scientology culture hammers into one about the alleged importance of becoming superman and lording over people and things.
It is a wonderful exercise in ‘problems of comparable magnitude’ (a Scientology concept that if you view a problem you are having against ones of greater magnitude than your own, your problem won’t look so nasty any more). Worried about starting a new life outside of the cult in your forties, fifties, sixties or seventies? Read George Dawson’s story.
In either event, it is a simple, enjoyable, and educational read. It is a view of the 2oth Century from eyes that simply observed with no jaundice, no agenda, no disappointment, no justifying.
It also a great study in the Tao. Though Dawson never references it and presumably was never aware of the writing Tao Te Ching, he certainly understood and lived in accordance with the Tao.