Who wants the world? Alternative ambitions for the disillusioned - Ian Merrill
About the book
A manual for the disillusioned ~ part Japanese zen, a little bit existential post-war Paris ~ and mostly a modern cosmic truth forgotten in time. In his new thought-provoking book, Ian Merrill investigates the origins and strange nature of our everyday goals and ambitions and reveals why their attainment will rarely bring us the happiness we hope for.
He examines the myths of ambition, and the often malevolent forces that entice us to sacrifice our lives in slavery to a false idea of a future happiness ~ a happiness that depends entirely upon personal achievement.
Understanding these myths opens the door to a rich life now, and the primary purpose of all sentient beings that has been forgotten among the hysteria and noise of modern culture.
Drawing on personal experiences, human stories and religious and philosophical texts, here are suggestions of alternative ambitions based on some often unpalatable truths that we prefer to ignore, and the simple realities of being human in a universe indifferent to our needs.
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- God knows everything. I, in common with all the mad, know one thing absolutely. The one thing I know absolutely is the culmination of all I have ever been, and like the opening of a flower on a spring morning after a long winter, it is a child’s magic....Read More
- Was it really only a few days ago that Russell Brand was calling for a spiritual revolution? It seems so long ago now and few fragments of this brief epoch remain. There are new twitter trends in place, new editorials and opinions and concerns, the conversation has moved on...Read More
- [PODCAST] Creativity or novel thinking is not a natural human trait for most of us, as humans are herding creatures who seek out patterns and the comfort of habit. However, here is a simple technique to jump starting creative processes for when you need them...Read More
- [PODCAST] Ian talks about the alternative space inhabited by eccentrics, oddballs, fringe-dwellers, outsiders, outcasts and bohemians. Vivian Stanshall, Robert Wyatt, Ivor Cutler (who provides the in and outro) Jake Thackery...Read More
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Who is Ian Merrill?
Ian is an author and barefoot sociologist. Born in the north of England, Ian has spent the past 11 years living in rural France with his two children and a host of chickens, dogs and cats.
He was a journalist for a variety of British newspapers and worked at publishing companies such as Haper Collins.
He holds exclusive country retreats at his home; his intensive courses use a variety of techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga, meditation, counselling and theatre and art workshops.
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