Auspicious Thoughts Book

Auspicious Thoughts, Propitious Mind

Intriguing down to earth practical philosophy that paints a perceptive view of what much of life is all about.


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 hard cover, this book is also available in e-book format. It is about the way we live, our hopes and fears, our inter-actions with others and making decisions. The content matter is thought-provoking, being broad and reflective on a wide range of human relationships and society. It can be read like a text book, selecting a chapter of particular interest at that moment. It is a book that many will want to re-read and retain for reference. This is a book to be studied and will be of interest to those in business and in HR work. Here is an answer to the question, '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, 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.

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About The Author

Richard’s perception was acquired at the School of Experience, and now of an age in his 80's, ranks as a graduate of the University of Life. But in this fast-changing world, has any of that any value still? Only the reader can decide the answer to that. Although a Christian by faith, Richard says he remains deeply suspicious of religion and religious practices.

In his book, Richard offers the reader a line of thinking that is akin to the time-served commuter, the passenger habitually referred to as 'The Man on the Clapham Omnibus.' That person, he or she, is a notion adopted by the courts as a legal-fiction to help the court arrive at a judgement on what can justly and reasonably be expected of anyone's conduct in their dealings in life; that person being a fair and average person of sound mind. Richard's book aims to reflect the down-to-earth, common sense practicality and pragmatism of that person; but there are times when Richard’s alter ego asks a question that neither he, nor life, as yet, have an answer.

Richard's  interest in the 'psychology of self' began in his 50s. He researched the subject further and began compiling notes for his book just prior to the new millennium. It was completed and published 20 years later, in 2019.  Richard draws on his life's career of working with people and their animals as a veterinarian. His real-life experiences come from being an employer and founding partner of a professional partnership that became an SME of up to fifty staff of young men and women. He was able to observe their tribulations and worries, their stresses, marriage and relationship breakdown, even, sadly life’s disasters of divorce, miscarriage, abortion and suicide; and for him, all that, plus the worldly issues of Employment Law, and Health & Safety matters as they developed between the thirty years from 1970. Richard is a Facebook and Twitter user  but not avidly so. Readers are welcome to follow and share his posts. There are links here .

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Auspicious Thoughts, Propitious Mind is for those who worry or are just curious to understand life, others and themselves better, and for those whose role it is to help them achieve that.

This book can help satisfy a yearning and enquiring mind on many matters of importance in the reader’s life.

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This book may challenge a reader's established thinking and habitual attitudes. We need only believe what we choose to believe, but often much is accepted automatically since our upbringing. Other beliefs are viewed as incontrovertible fact, such as the broadcast news or government announcements. We have been used to including photographs and recorded voices, but less reliably today due to doctoring of images and voice record tampering. 

We can choose to believe what we have been told, or read, and what we thought we saw. We can choose to believe ideas, notions, imaginings and falsehoods put to us and grow in our heads. Many beliefs, on examination, turn out to be assumptions, superstitions, or fallacies, misconceptions, delusions and fantasies - and all turn out to be beliefs that cannot be proven. Religious beliefs come into this category. 

Many believe in God, for their own reasons, often to do with peace of mind and any life hereafter, but their conception of what God is, is likely to be very different to someone else's, and none of these is provable, which, we are told, is the essence of faith, 'belief without proof.' On the other hand, as this book says, we can accept that God is an identifiable force for that which is good in the world, which is provable, but rarely attributed to God. Goodness is an invisible force, and like gravity and magnetism, we cannot see it, but we can prove its existence by the effects it brings about. 

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Only a very few special people in our life will ever be worthy of our trust. And when we have placed that trust, is all then well?

What is it, in essence, that separates us from the animals? It surely is, in all essence, ‘The gift of imagination and the means to communicate it.’

There’s a downside to just about every splendid invention, not intrinsic but extrinsic by the machinations and perversions of mankind.

We have two minds, each mostly doing their own job, but with overlap, and with an agreed position on which mind overrules the other, when ‘needs must’.

It’s best for us all if we say, ‘There is no such thing as fate, and no force for evil, and certainly no such thing as an honour killing!'

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