Now Reading Helping Friendly Book 28

"This adventure in science and imagination, which the Medical Tribune said might herald "a Copernican revolution for the life sciences," leads the reader through unexplored jungles and uncharted aspects of mind to the heart of knowledge.In a first-person narrative of scientific discovery that opens new perspectives on biology, anthropology, and the limits of rationalism, The Cosmic Serpent reveals how startlingly different the world around us appears when we open our minds to it."
 Helping Friendly Book Club #27 at The Wild Detectives 2.6.18 - "THe Four Agreements" by don Miguel Ruiz

Helping Friendly Book Club #27 at The Wild Detectives 2.6.18 - "THe Four Agreements" by don Miguel Ruiz

Legend has it that a long time ago in a land far away, a book was written that contained within it All the Inherent Knowledge of the Universe.  That book was called The Helping Friendly Book, and it possessed the ancient Secrets to Eternal Joy and Never Ending Splendor. (SEJNES)

Unfortunately, The Helping Friendly Book and its secrets fell into the wrong hands long ago, and instead of using the Knowledge to enlighten people, it was used to brainwash them, thus ushering in the dark age of the tyranny of the dulled mind (where some say we find ourselves today).

In 2013, after hearing rumors of the legendary lost book, we decided to form a search party and call ourselves The Helping Friendly Book Club.  We’ve been searching for the Secrets to Eternal Joy and Never Ending Splendor ever since, and as of April 2018 we’re reading our 28th book on the Quest so far.

Recently, we came across another legend, one that foretells of a time when it will be necessary to help return the lost Knowledge to the people.  That's when it dawned on us - we should help.  We should help return the Secrets to Eternal Joy and Never Ending Splendor to the people! But how?  How can we help return the Secrets to Eternal Joy and Never Ending Splendor to the people?  

 
Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
— Walter Cronkite

Thank you in advance!  We're in the process of creating our Crowdfund Campaign for the Helping Friendly Plan (Phases I, II, and III) and would really appreciate your support on that when it comes out.  If you can't wait to donate though, we'd really appreciate that too!  

 
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A nation with culture is blessed. To live in the world without becoming aware of the meaning of the world is like wandering about in a great library without touching the books. It has always seemed to me that SYMBOLISM should be restored to the structure of world education. The young are no longer invited to seek the hidden truths, dynamic and eternal, locked within the shapes and behavior of living beings…
— Manly P. Hall, 'Secret Destiny of America'
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And so it begins...

Ishmael thought for a moment. “I’ll give you a general idea of where we’re heading, then you’ll understand.”

“Okay.”

“Mother Culture, whose voice has been in your ear since the day of your birth, has given you an explanation of how things came to be this way. You know it well; everyone in your culture knows it well. But this explanation wasn’t given to you all at once. No one ever sat you down and said, ‘Here is how things came to be this way, beginning ten or fifteen billion years ago right up to the present.’ Rather, you assembled this explanation like a mosaic: from a million bits of information presented to you in various ways by others who share that explanation. You assembled it from the table talk of your parents, from cartoons you watched on television, from Sunday School lessons, from your textbooks and teachers, from news broadcasts, from movies, novels, sermons, plays, newspapers, and all the rest. Are you with me so far?”

“I think so.”

“This explanation of how things came to be this way is ambient in your culture. Everyone knows it and everyone accepts it without question.”

“Okay.”


“As we make our journey here, we’re going to be reexamining key pieces of that mosaic. We’re going to be taking them out of your mosaic and fitting them into an entirely different mosaic: into an entirely different explanation of how things came to be this way.

“Okay.”

“And when we’re finished, you’ll have an entirely new perception of the world and of all that’s happened here. And it won’t matter in the least whether you remember how that perception was assembled. The journey itself is going to change you, so you don’t have to worry about memorizing the route we took to accomplish that change.”

“Right. I see what you mean now.
— Daniel Quinn, 'Ishmael'