Relaunching the infrequent Tuesday interview series! Email me if you're interested in participating. Meanwhile, here is the latest entry.
Chris:Today I’m interviewing James Eicher, author of the new eBook Ecology of Truth. I've been helping him with the production of this work, and he’s agreed to talk with us a little more in depth about it. Jim, give us an overview: what is “Truth” about, and why should we read it?
Jim:Chris, first off, thanks so much for taking time and interest to talk over Ecology of Truth. As an author yourself you know it’s always a pleasure to have someone ask about your work.
So “Truth” covers a lot of ground, but here are some of the main points: As a species, we are “emotionally challenged”. We do a lot of great things but also a lot of really, really awful, dumb things not because we are intellectually stupid, or don’t read or understand history. We do dumb things on a personal and global scale because we are emotional dimwits and clueless on how to handle even fractions of conflict. We can send a man to moon and back, but lose our tempers in a short check-out line at the grocery store.
I began to think and think, over a period of years, of the mental or cognitive source of the discrepancy between our analytical and intellectual abilities to create technology and our emotional capacity to peacefully change… This led me look at how we create truth for ourselves and impose this “truth” on others. One major source of conflict for us as a “cognitive” animal is when others, whether they are individuals or institutions, challenge not what we believe to be true, but our personal belief systems for how we create that truth. That challenges the very core of who we believe we are and how we make sense out of the world…
Admittedly, not light reading, and intended to provoke thinking and reflection. For readers new to this type of writing the section titled “Personal Ecology” is the most accessible. The book does have a logical theme that threads throughout, but I wrote it so that readers could skip around from section to section and still “get” the main points of the book.