About The Book
'Auspicious Thoughts, Propitious Mind'
def: auspicious, propitious - likely to turn out well, on track, promising.
This is a book that all the family can enjoy. It is about human relationships, hopes and fears, about making decisions and how thoughts and feelings can take conrol, interfere and misdirect our life. It is about how our habits and customs manifest our promordial animal origins, and how society is driven by primeval tribal instincts, including an inborn instinct that asks, 'Is there an after-life?'
Richard Camden begins his book by discussing the raw essence of life, its origins and its meaning and purpose, and what of our animal origins have survived in mankind today. In his second 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 fourth 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 man'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, this book makes good reading. It is a cheering, thought-provoking and intriguingly different book that due to its considerable useful content, begs to be re-read, studied and 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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This is a work of contemporary philosophy that is intriguing, well-balanced and comprehensive. Richard Camden focuses on the very human and natural desires for achievement, contentment and understanding, and why morals (virtues) and ethics are worthy ideals. Richard discusses the meaning and purpose of life, the strengths and weaknesses of human qualities, and the role played by society. He looks at how beliefs influence lives, and rationalizes some well-known religious precepts. Of interest to many readers, Richard Camden's book will have its greatest impact on those with ample life still ahead of them. His literary style is pleasing and at times is deliberately quirky, with some humour.