MT. VERNON, Iowa (PRWEB) June 20, 2013
Author Lyle R. Strathman conceived the notion that truth is the path that leads toward peace and this inspired him to begin an intellectual inquiry into the relationship between these two compelling subjects. Many people—both ancient and contemporary—have intellectually explored and written on the subjects of truth and peace; Strathman gives evidence of their interdependence. Toward Peace is the product of the author’s intellectual inquiry, published to provide readers a deeper understanding of the nature of peace, what might be some of the obstacles to its accomplishment, and how it might be attained.
This eye-opening book establishes the notion that truth in human activity is essential for any meaningful advancement toward peace, but admits that humanity tends to wander between knowledge and ignorance, and between a beneficent will and a concupiscent will. It disseminates several matters of contention and discusses why they are contentious. It provides philosophical notions that substantiate the necessity for truthful activities if humanity is to progress toward a more peaceful society, and then outlines several social endeavors that would lead toward a more peaceful environ.
Divided into several sections, Toward Peace explores laissez-faireism and fundamentalism, individualism and collectivism, economics, education, and government from philosophical, scientific, and religious points of view. This is accomplished by interweaving philosophical ideas expressed by Plato and Aristotle, with aphorisms expressed by ancient Indian and Chinese wise men, with Judaic and Christian scriptures, and with contemporary economic data and in vogue political notions.
"From a historical perspective, it seems that the essence of man’s movement toward peace must be something greater than the mere absence of war because societies and nations seem always to have labored during the lulls between wars to wallow in euphoric affluence and indifference, to engage in domestic social squabbles, and to set agendas and establish military preparedness for the next war," expresses the author.
In Toward Peace, Strathman has written an interesting, informative and relevant narrative that attempts to address some of humanity’s social problems in attaining peace and then to establish an approach by which humanity can intellectually, willfully and actually begin a movement toward peace.
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About the Author
Lyle R. Strathman was born in Kansas in 1935, during the decade of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl. After the Second World War and during the onset of the Cold War, he graduated from college with a double major—liberal arts and electrical engineering. He worked in American industry, married, and raised five children while observing a transition in economic emphasis from the production of wealth to the consumption of wealth, coupled with a regression in moral and ethical standards. In these latter social environs, he mentally observed "something is wrong" and began an intellectual inquiry into what causes and effects might lead toward peace. This manuscript, Toward Peace, is the result of that inquiry.
TOWARD PEACE * by Lyle R. Strathman
Truth Is the Agent That Mediates Harmony
Publication Date: May 15, 2013
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