About The Book
'Auspicious Thoughts, Propitious Mind'
def: auspicious, propitious
likely to turn out well, on track, promising.
The words auspicious and propitious are almost synonymous and both point to the future.
It is only natural, for ourselves and for our loved ones, to want to be happy, even if we are unsure how to bring that about. Material acquisitions tend only to bring transient feelings of happiness. The author, Richard Camden proposes thoughts and attitudes that can bring more lasting contentment, the psychology of self, with focused resolve, self-reliance and awareness that nurture a sense of well-being, fulfilment and sound judgement.
This book is far-reaching and motivating.
It is for anyone with feelings of disappointment or a loss of direction in their life. There may be difficulties due to dysfunctional relationships or feelings of bewilderment, pondering the meaning and purpose of life, or religion. Here is an encouragement to marshal those thoughts, through improved understanding, such as the unfairness of life, and to accept the responsibility for personal predicaments. In a subtle yet stimulating way, the author gives hints how the application of a studied and developed personal philosophy can lead to a propitious mind.
Richard Camden looks at the many complexities of society today,
and has written in a way that avoids academic jargon. Furthermore, he uses a reasoning that identifies with the fictional 'Man on the Clapham Omnibus,' created by the Law Courts to be the notional very reasonable 'Mr. Average' in all things, to assist the Court reach equitable solutions. Using that approach, Richard has written his forty chapters to make a comprehensive interesting and rich source of helpful material that any reader can usefully draw upon.
While admitting our highly advanced civilisation, Richard Camden notes with dismay that society blithely continues to manifest its animal and tribal origins,
yielding unwittingly to primaeval instincts and character traits. Richard also questions some religions' long held beliefs, and identifying God as humanesque. He goes on to counter those beliefs with the refreshing explanation that God is an ever-present force of the universe, comparable with other abstruse phenomena of physics in the cosmos, and a force for goodness we can tap into.
To stimulate and perhaps broaden the reader's perceptions, this book uses subtlety as a tool, along with metaphors, some satire and some occasional harmlessly cynical wit. It is possibly different to any kind of book the reader has ever experienced.
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Today, the traditional distinctions between fiction and non-fiction are ever more blurred. Due to its structure, Richard Camden's book may be said to have several genres, but it is essentially a non-fiction appraisal of today's society and a life-commentary that has as one of its themes, a religious critique, with Christianity in particular.
It is very much a contemporary psychology with a leaning towards self-fulfilment (Aristotle's Eudaimonia) and 'practical thinking.' Included are some useful aspects of the humanities, and sociology. The author goes on to acknowledge the metaphysics of the power of goodness to be one of nature's physical forces.
Readers will find themselves contemplative of human behaviour in today's society, and drawn to reflect on the other subjects addressed. They will find this a pleasantly challenging book and a compelling read.