Homo Contribuens: The Need to Give and the Search for Fulfilment (Hardback)Hisao Taki
Hardback Published: 27/03/2008
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Here are the thoughts of a successful businessman and entrepreneur reflecting on the meaning of life that offers humanity a new and dynamic self-awareness as a natural 'giver' and thus an assured pathway to personal fulfilment, hence the title 'Homo Contribuens' - 'man the giver'. In fact, the realization that there is an innate need to give, argues Taki, liberates the individual and takes that person beyond the conventional understanding of altruistic behaviour. He recalls his own 'epiphany' in this regard, having been close to death himself, together with the death of a close school friend who in his last months embraced life with such vigour and conviction that he became an inspiration, prompting the author to recognize similar aspirations in himself and ultimately leading to the formulation of his own philosophy which he sets out in this book. 'In conventional ethical thinking...the urge to contribute is seen as a learned or acquired 'virtue'. But when considered instead as an instinct, our urge to act in the interest of others becomes no more worthy of either praise or censure than our hunger, our sex drive, or any of our other instinctive desires and compulsions. This understanding of the desire to be useful as a natural, innate part of being human, essentially neither good nor bad, is the catalyst for a whole new outlook on life.' This important new insight into the nature of human existence will be an inspiration to many in all walks of life, regardless of age, race or creed.
Publisher: Global Oriental Ltd