About The Book
'Auspicious Thoughts, Propitious Mind'
def: auspicious, propitious
likely to turn out well, on track, promising.
There are not many books that can be picked up for the first time and then read enjoyably and meaningfully by reading the chapters in reverse order,
starting at the epilogue. Likewise, few books can be picked up and opened at any page at any time and read in a way that makes sense without the necessity of knowing what has gone before in the previous chapters. This is one such book, and that is part of its attraction. There are forty chapters, grouped into seven parts, each around a theme.
Richard Camden opens his book by discussing the raw essence of life, its origins and its meaning and purpose,
and what of our animal origins has survived in the humanity of today. In the next part, the reader's attention is drawn to our moods and how they influence our behaviour and the decisions we make. This leads on to the third part, called, 'All That We Are,' and looks at who and what we have evolved to become, our characteristics, as individuals and our interactions as groups and nations.
In his following part, the author broaches the subject of a moral compass,
and highlights some of the well-known guidelines from the scriptures looking at their relevance today. In the fifth part, 'Where Did It All Go Wrong,' the chapters look at people's ways of vindictiveness and ambition, that give others a bumpy ride through life. Our reactions and accommodations to that are explained in the sixth part that sets out how we can use our minds in a flexible way, especially regarding the causes and faiths we choose to adopt. In his final part, Richard encourages readers to keep life simple and always aim for a sound mind and healthy body.
Beautifully presented in
, this book makes good reading, and is also available in
. Aimed particularly at those with plenty of life still to be led, it is a cheering, thought-provoking and intriguingly different book. Due to its considerable useful content, it will be meaningful to those in business and in HR work. It begs to be retained for reference, and for others in the family to read and think about the way we live, our relationships, hopes and fears, and making decisions work, as well as asking, 'How is it some just seem to sail through life?'
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Today, the traditional distinctions between fiction and non-fiction are ever more blurred. Due to its structure, this book may be said to have several genres. Creatively written, it represents the author's thinking that results from his personal observations recorded and a life-time of experiences acquired over more than half a century.
Richard Camden's book is contemporary popular psychology that leans towards self-fulfilment (Aristotle's Eudaimonia) and 'practical thinking.' Included are some useful aspects of the humanities, sociology and religion. The author goes on to acknowledge the metaphysics of the power of goodness to be one of nature's forces.
Students and others keen to know more on these subjects will find this book useful, and a handy companion to retain for reference. It is a pleasant and compelling read.