As we have become more civilized we have lost the wisdom of the ancients. We have taken their understanding and limited it to formulas. What we want is to know what works, and to make things work better so our lives are more comfortable. The sophisticated structures of civilized philosophies, theologies, and political-economy hide the truths buried under their foundations. Godless blends what Rasley has learned from the Basa Rai in the Nepal Himalayas, from Quakers, and the American philosophy of Pragmatism. The book describes a values-based way of living derived from the author's cross-cultural experiences. It encourages a spiritual response of awe and gratitude for being alive and conscious in this wonderful shared world.
Other books by Jeff Rasley - Bringing Progress to Paradise; What I Got from Giving to a Mountain Village in Nepal describes an astounding Himalayan adventure which becomes a critical reflection on the damage charitable giving can do to the intended beneficiaries. The rest of the story of Basa Village, is told in Light in the Mountains - Namaste, Rakshi, and Electricity in a Himalayan Village and its prequel India - Nepal Himalayas In the Moment (an honest Three Cups of Tea). To get out of the snow and mountains and onto sandy beaches and swaying palms, check out the lyrical Islands in my Dreams For a change of pace curl up with False Prophet.It's a romantic mystery and inspirational tale based on a legal case Rasley handled in his 30-year Indianapolis law practice. If you enjoy sports action, history, humor, romance,set during the cultural revolution of the 60s, check out MONSTERS OF THE MIDWAY1969: Sex, Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll, Viet Nam, Civil Rights, and Football. Pilgrimage: Sturgis to Wounded Knee and Back Home, a Memoir begins with a motorcycle road trip to the Bacchanalia of Sturgis Bike Week,then takes a detour to the massacre at Wounded Knee, and crosses the ocean to a remote village in the Himalayas. Reconciliation is found back home in Indiana. Hero's Journey - John Ritter, the Chip Hilton of Goshen, Indiana; a Memoir is a meditation on what makes a real hero and a nostalgic reminiscence about childhood heroes.
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Godless, Living a Valuable Life Beyond Beliefs (Memoirs of a Thoughtful Traveler, Book 6) by Jeff Rasley This is a spicy book, not in the sense of being risqué or exotic, but because it extols the Quaker virtues of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship (s.p.i.c.e.s.). Original and controversial views on religion and politics mixed with Himalayan travel experiences also add zest. It will appeal to readers interested in religion, politics, community values, travel, particularly in Nepal, and Quaker beliefs. The intersection of these varied topics results in an admittedly unique perspective. Jeff is president of the Basa Village Foundation, which funds culturally sensitive development in Nepal. He is a director for five nonprofits. He is U.S. liaison for the Himalayan expedition company Adventure GeoTreks Ltd, and teaches philosophy of philanthropy at Butler University.
Other qualifications include a BA from U of Chicago magna...
The information gathered here comes from stepping out of a comfortable life and experiencing other ways of living. With more knowledge gained we can make better decisions when life demands action. We all need to be more compassionate and tolerant. And I liked the comical inserts.
At a time when the war between atheists and religious fundamentalists seems to be heating up, this insightful book could very well offer the path to mediation that is so needed now. The author's background--coming from a Republican family with Quaker roots--reminds me of another American Quaker who, like this author, walked the walk of his values by bringing help to less fortunate in the Far East. Herbert Hoover, a Quaker blessed with material wealth early in his business career, got his start in China and later kept millions from starving in Europe during World War I. Yet in a tragic irony, his name became synonymous with hunger during the Great Depression. Despite this injustice, Hoover never abandoned his Quaker values of simplicity, humbleness, service, and detachment from theological supremacy.
In Godless, Jeff Rasley calls upon all of us to avoid the snares of "beliefs," which are by necessity personal and unprovable, and instead embrace simple spiritual...
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