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review 2018-01-29 17:28
The gift of Anger by Arun Gandhi
The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi - Arun Gandhi

I’ve been perusing through the highlighted sections (of which there are many) in order to start with a quote, but there are so many fantastic one’s that I’m finding it hard to choose. The short one below sums up the book, so seems like a good choice.

 

Move the world through love, not fear

 

This short book (153 pages) was written by Arun Gandhi, Gandhi’s grandson. Each chapter is a lesson, for example lesson one: use anger for good. These lessons were learnt at a time when Arun was a child and was living with Gandhi.

 

Gandhi taught Arun (and the world) numerous lessons about how we should all be treated as equal. He lived a very sparse life as he refused to have more comforts that the poorest Indian. The lessons sometimes frustrated the young Arun, for example when he threw a pencil stub away and Gandhi made him find it, to learn how waste is violence on the world. Essentially, though, these lessons were prophetic in the larger scope. Arun ties all the lessons in with current events so we see how they can still be utilised today.

 

The guiding principle which underscored all the others was that of non-violence. Gandhi believed that anger is useful when it’s utilised correctly and can be a force for good. All too often in today’s world we are told to stuff our anger, that it has no use, but that’s not what Gandhi believed. For example, the anger he felt at the British, for prohibiting Indians from gathering salt and imposing taxes on that which they sold, was used to fuel a peaceful protest where Gandhi and many others went down to the sea and took their salt from the water there.

 

I have learnt so much from this book, not just how to be a better person, but how to use my anger as a source for change. I’ll go back to it often.

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text 2018-01-18 22:39
Reading progress update: I've read 153 out of 153 pages.
The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi - Arun Gandhi

This book was excellent. Everyone should read it. Gandhi was a great man who we can all learn a lot from. 

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text 2017-12-24 04:37
Reading progress update: I've read (approx) 20 out of 288 pages.
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right - Arlie Russell Hochschild

I found this in the pubic library's digital collection, which appears to have been expanded recently.

 

I've read Hochschild before and have at least one of her books in my personal collection, but I've never had any personal contact with her.

 

The beginning of the book is disturbing to me, and maybe it's meant to be.  The author, a noted liberal/progressive, takes her research skills to Louisiana to try to find out why Tea Partiers feel the way they do, with the strongest possible emphasis on feel.  And then she intends to use that understanding of their feelings to find ways to find common ground with them.

 

And yes, I know I used the word "find" many times in that paragraph.

 

The reason the beginning was so disturbing was that Hochschild acknowledges that the divide between right and left has widened over the years because the right has moved further right but the left has not moved further left.

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text 2017-12-12 19:17
Reading progress update: I've listened 86 out of 336 minutes.
The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons from My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi - Arun Gandhi

This book was witten by the grandson of Gandhi and talks about how anger, which is now considered a taboo, is actually a gift, if utilised correctly.

 

Each chapter consists of a lesson from Ghandi and how it was related to Arun. He then considers this in a modern context.

 

Gandhi's right were abused AND he defended the rights of others, so this seemed perfect for the Human Rights square, number 7.

 

Already this audiobook is turning out to be wonderful. I can already see this being my top non-fiction read of the year.

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review 2017-11-13 16:34
Anger Is An Energy by John Lydon
Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored - John Lydon
Interesting bio from an interesting  man.
I feel like I sat down and had a conversation with Johnny Rotten about his life. I knew a bit about him, the bands he played in and even other things he has been up to. I feel like I know so much more now. Getting glimpses into the backstage part of the show, sort-to-speak.
What a story too! Being a fan I was completely enthralled throughout. Especially in those private moments where he talks about Sid, and Nancy too. I've always wondered about his point of view. Now I have it.
I do feel that he bounced around a lot when telling a story, I mean, if you have ever heard him talk then you probably get what I mean. He gets back to where he needs to be, but often gets sidetracked in the stories. 
It's all good though, and fans, like me, will eat it up!
 
 
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2017/11/anger-is-energy-by-john-lydon-23.html
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