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An exploration not of the great ideas, but of the Vital Ideas that make each modern person different from every person who has ever lived: (1) The Reality of Size: the modern awareness about extreme dimensions -- that the Little Things are much, much smaller, and the Large Things are far, far larger, than we could ever imagine. (2) The End of Common Sense: the widespread perception that our world is not what it seems, that there is an entire reality hidden from human senses. The world is not what we observe, so our common sense is no longer reliable. (3) The Science Idea and Universal Ignorance: a modern conceit, the false impression that human experts can explain everything, an idea that is little more than a modern superstition. Science is the modern magic, and the Science Idea is its manifestation in the universal consciousness. Universal Ignorance is its corollary. Ignorance is now greater than before, because there is now a great deal to be ignorant about. (4) Letting Loose the Demons: a reprise of deep human fears lurking in the shadows since pre-history. Its modern form is the idea that in our incomplete understanding of spectacular science, and in the misuse of science by fools, we play with a loaded gun. Danger is afoot. (5) The Idea of Natural Catastrophe: a theme from mythology, magic and religion -- The End of the World, usually tied to a Judgment Day. People now know the end of our world is not fantasy, and the catastrophe that will cause it is not supernatural. (6) The End of Wilderness: the end of the perception that one area or another of the Earth was unexplored, undiscovered or unknown; the wilderness was always there. Now the highest mountains and darkest jungles are visited by tourists, and GPS technology has eliminated the concept of being lost. Modern people are different because of it. (7) The Health Fantasy: a convergence of three beliefs: by living, eating and exercising right a person can live for a long time; all diseases can be cured; life can be lived without pain. Two are wrong, but each is a part of us. (8) The Uncertainty Idea: the result of a loss of certainty about time, something every person who lived before 1905 knew, a confidence about reality upon which mankind smugly relied for 10,000 years. If time itself is not certain, nothing is for sure. (9) Universal Information: the idea that everyone has access to all information about everything. It is false, but part of a modern world view, a perspective that has changed or has been created by the information explosion. (10) The Idea of Change: a realization that the world is dynamic, and that change is inevitable, uncontrollable and unstoppable. We are not sure what will happen next. (11) The American Democracy Idea: the notion of a constitutional government based not on exercise of power by the people, but on its control. Power in government cannot be trusted, even when it is the power of the people. (12) Political Failure Payback: a fundamental failure of American democracy, where, for all practical purposes, there is no majority agreement about anything. Winners win everything, losers lose. Then the losers wait their turn. (13) The First World War Idea: the vague, elusive, yet perceptible awareness that the intellectual tradition of two millennia was wrong; perhaps civilization does not work. (14) The New Economics of Credit and Waste: the awareness of the new relationship of government as money lender for an economy built on credit and consumption. (15) The Israeli Warrior: a change from two millennia of the Jew as scapegoat for the ailments of society. Then came Israel's violence and dominance in the Arab Wars. The Israeli warrior now stands for the power possessed by any people to rise from oppression. (16) The Emerging Vital Ideas of Women, War, Equality, Isolation, Spaceship Earth, and the Return of Tribes
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C. M. Aron lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Laramie, Wyoming, where he is a practicing attorney in the law firm of Aron & Hennig, LLP. He is a graduate of West Point and the University of Wyoming College of Law. He served in the U.S. Army in the 64th Armor, 3rd Infantry Division, in Germany, in the Army Intelligence Command, and in Viet Nam as a combat helicopter pilot in the Silver Spurs: A Troop, 3rd Squadron, 17th Air Cavalry. He is the author of diverse magazine articles and op-ed pieces, and is the founder of Mountain Sparrow Press, RLLP.Review:
This book is provocative. If you are a thinking person, it will make you think. --The author
It was valuable at these times to recall the philosopher's observation that there was very little difference between one human being and another, but what difference there was was very important. --Ward Just
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