I was pointed to transcripts of what appear to be a five-part series of interviews between an author, Richard Eyre, and a national talk show host, Glenn Beck. (Update: I didn’t realize until now that I’ve taken a class from Mr. and Mrs. Eyre at a writer’s conference. From how scantily I know them, I’m not surprised that a book like this came from Mr. Eyre. A blog promoting the book can be found here.)
After reading the interviews I’d like to read the book. Having not read the book yet, but only the interview transcripts, they appear to be similar to some conclusions that I’ve come to previously.
The following are simply thoughts that are coming to my mind after reading the interview transcripts. I look forward to reading the book and what harvest it might provide. At this time I’m fleshing these out so that they’re understandable. I apologize that they’re largely mental notes that I wish to jot down.
Control itself is not a “deceiver”. Neither are ownership and independence. They are merely tools. The “deceiver” are the paradigms that we hold about them. They fit in the middle tier in Dr. Paul’s three-tier model of maturity and control. The “alternatives” fit into the upper tier of Dr. Paul’s model of maturity and control.
In other words, each “deceiver” is a building block for the alternatives.
- One must first be able to control before one can let go and embrace serendipity.
- One must first be able to own before one can let go and be a steward.
- One must first be independent before one can let go and forge powerful synergistic relationships.
The “letting go” part is not an abandonment of the principles of control, ownership, and independence. It’s an abandonment of the notion that these principles are the End (or even an End). It’s an abandonment of our emotional attachment to them. It’s an abandonment of our old paradigms and moving to a higher level of maturity, one which frees us from the level of “I” to “us”.
Casting off our ties to lesser things in order to achieve a higher level of personal growth are an ancient part of our Western heritage. It overlaps heavily with the old Zen teaching in Japan (before it was castrated by those with political power who felt threatened by it).