Humanity is on the threshold of recognizing the fundamental error in its view on life and death. Both death as well as active life is necessary to the vital formation of a larger, more essential whole. Now, with clear, pragmatic ideas, applying an analysis of the sociology of knowledge and change as it pertains to matters of life and death, Carol Simpson focuses on ways in which we can step outside death’s traditional frameworks and limitations. She discusses death and topics related to death, such as birth, aging, the elderly and war, examining cultural differences and attitudes. She offers varying perspectives including the Buddhist view, drawing sophisticated and compelling implications and conclusions. Applying the lenses of eight key contemporary social scientists: Edgar Morin, Kenneth Gergen, Edward Stewart and Milton Bennett, Mary Catherine Bateson, Edith Doyle McCarthy, Philip Slater, and Piotr Sztompka, she adds the perspective of Buddhism’s Lotus Sutra as posited by Shakyamuni, Nichiren, Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, Josei Toda, and contemporary Buddhist philosopher, peacebuilder, educator and poet, Daisaku Ikeda. Simpson concludes that to construct a more humanistic and sustainable view of life, it is first of all crucial to establish a culture which correctly positions death in its larger living context and which assigns as its essential component an awareness of the all encompassing eternity of life.
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Carol Simpson, educator of forty years, with BAs in French and Art, Masters in French and Creative Arts Interdisciplinary Studies and teaching credentials in French, Art, English and Dance, is a Transformative Studies doctoral candidate at the California Institute of Integral Studies and currently conducting research to shed contemporary understandings about the transformative capacity of ordinary people to act in humanistic capacities as global citizens. A recipient of numerous awards, including the 1991 Southern California Global Educators Award, the 2008 Malibu Music Award, the 1989 and 1990 Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Awards with published grants, she is founder of non-profit NEWPEACE dedicated to cultivating a network of actively engaged global citizens working to build foundational relationships for humanity's peaceful coexistence. She resides in Malibu, California with her husband and eleven year old daughter.
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Book Description Dialogue House Publications, 2015. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0996125612