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Pro Evolution: Guideline for an Age of Joy (edition 2010)

by Tomotom

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Member:Marse
Title:Pro Evolution: Guideline for an Age of Joy
Authors:Tomotom
Info:Chur, Switzerland: Asma AG Publishers, 2010
Collections:Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Philosophy, Way of Life, -UL

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Pro Evolution: Guideline for an Age of Joy

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Weird little book. My husband received it in the mail several years ago anonymously. It is a pseudo-scientific, pseudo-religious treatise on how to live "pro-evo", that is in a pro evolutionary way. What is "pro evolution"? It is living, working, thinking, and treating each other in a life-affirming manner in order to allow mankind to evolve. Exactly how this is done, or what exactly is meant, is very vaguely explained. The topics covered include life-after death (there isn't any, there is only "energy"), education, morality, economics, directing one's thoughts, art, society, abortion (allowed when child is not wanted by either parent for any reason, or is defective because an unwanted or defective child will be "anti-evo", rather than "pro-evo"), beauty, ...etc., etc. In a very simplified way it is a type of utopian philosophy not unlike Plato's Republic; that is, it describes a society where everything works for the betterment of that society as a whole through the striving of each individual, and each strata within that society. Searching for more info on the Web (there is no author listed on the book), many people pointed out the interesting detail that the book arrived in people's mailboxes unsolicited, and even more interesting was that there was no plea for money, or requests to join some organization, or even information about the "Foundation" that sent the book. The website address (www.proevo.ch) found in the book sends you to a copy of the book in three languages which you can read on line, or download for free. One German site claims that the author was an Austrian named Joseph Haid (1911-2001) who wrote the book in 1971, I could not find any other reference for this person. Even though the book itself comes across as laughable and naive, the underlying idea that we should all strive to do the best we can, not for ourselves alone, but for the good of humanity, is not at all silly and maybe even worthwhile. ( )
  Marse | Jan 3, 2013 |
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