Mass shootings at elementary schools …
Ambush attacks on unsuspecting police officers …
Legalized bribery and corruption in the political system …
The only habitable planet, our home, heating up at an alarming rate…
Tribalism. Intolerance on social media. Bigotry. Rising crime rates….
The list of America’s problems and its dysfunction are truly unsettling. In fact, the respected documentary filmmaker Ken Burns said,
“I think this is the greatest threat to our republic ever. Not the Depression, not World War II, not the Civil War. This is it.”
The whole world is under tremendous pressure and countless good people don’t know what is wrong—or how to solve problems that seem far beyond their ability to effect change. Something is gravely wrong here…
The United States went from putting astronauts on the moon and millions of middle-class families to banning books and borrowing money endlessly.
People are so troubled that they are killing themselves and using opioids at record rates!
So, what do mass shootings and wisdom have in common?
For those who don’t know me, I’m Jason Merchey. I’m a philosophical thinker, master’s level psychologist, four-time author, and real estate investor who has studied big questions and complex problems for nearly 20 years.
I am a generalist whose specialty is blending classical values (such as truth, courage, honor, and hard work) with progressive principles (like equal opportunity, social justice, and responsibility).
Wisdom (February, 2022) is a comprehensive and compelling look at American society and culture. In it, the country’s many problems are analyzed and considered. It also blends many personal stories, numerous interesting philosophical principles, and much useful psychological research.
My new book:
- Defines what wisdom is and why it is so beautiful
- Details which values form the basis of a wise and good life
- Describes many hallmarks of wisdom, rationality, love, and a deep spirituality
- Demonstrates what wisdom looks and feels like in the real world
Here is the Amazon.com link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/057831679X/ Many readers have found that this book makes philosophy interesting and psychology useful.
At its core, the book is:
- A personal growth/self-help type of book, and an informative and digestible survey of philosophy and psychology.
- However, I also analyze society as well, since a) America is so plagued by problems, and b) wisdom is the ultimate problem-solver at the level of organizations, communities, and the nation as a whole.
Let me repeat that because it is so important:
Wisdom is the ultimate problem-solver at the level of organizations, communities, and the nation as a whole.
I think we usually forget that, because wisdom seems so boring or intimidating or antiquated. But it really is the basis of most good things in life……
Wisdom (the virtue) is truly helpful and practical, and Wisdom (the book) offers ideas and tips for bringing
more optimism, calm, and a sense of control to our lives.
So, to answer my original question, mass shootings and wisdom are related in this way: the lack of wisdom writ large is leading to horrendous and unnecessary social problems! People who are guided by enlightenment, caring, kindness, and cooperation can make a positive difference in the future of a society, and wisdom is key.