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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Samuel Butler is a graduate (B.A.) in Economics from University of California, Berkeley, 1959.
Former All-City Champion Pole Vaulter in San Francisco high schools
Former Captain United States Air Force (reserve) Navigator
Former President of the Toastmasters Club (Golden Gate Toastmasters) in San Francisco
Former Chief Appraiser of a Large Financial Institution in California
Former Vice President for Real Estate Acquisitions, United States Real Estate Corporation, Headquartered in the Bank of America Building in San Francisco
Owner, Founder, Butler Realty Group, focusing on Commercial Real Estate, located in the Transamerica Pyramid, San Francisco
Successful Commercial Real Estate Broker (in Cushman and Wakefield, owned by Rockefeller) San Francisco Founder, former President of Atlantis Energy, S.A., a biofuel corporation.
Now retired, plays golf, chess, and bridge
on Oct. 07, 2010 :
This book probably should be a must read for everyone from the time they learn how to read. I’m sure that it is intended to be a complete put-down on religion. However, the views presented are something to consider when listening to anyone pushing religion. What is their agenda? Is it just to share what they’ve experienced or is it to get others to be like them? If it is the latter, that’s a sure path to intolerance, violence, and war. I think the message here is idealism breeds separation, and we know intuitively that separation breeds intolerance.
In my view, truth cannot be defined by any belief system. And we are now learning this includes science now that they admit they can’t even define what reality is (it used to be what you could touch and manipulate with repeatable results).
The author provides his own solution for peace and harmony in this book. And then he follows this up with an admonition which falls squarely in the sights of his own claim about what causes intolerance. Despite his final words, this rest of the book is really worth reading for its fact-finding analysis of how we learn to be intolerant.
(reviewed the day of purchase)