Book Review: The Divine Human

The Divine Human:  The Final Transformation Of Sacred Aging, by John C. Robinson

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Bostick Communications in exchange for an honest review.]

I have a lot of very negative things to say about this book, so at the outset I would like to make clear that I actually greatly enjoyed reading this book, found it very thought provoking, and find the work of considerable importance, especially in viewing how Progressive Baby Boomers are likely to view the aging process.  This is not a book to be ignored, it is rather a book to be read and understood, and if one is as compelled as I am to critique it and find a great deal wrong with it, this is a book that is worth wrestling with.  To be sure, I am not the ideal reading audience for this book as a somewhat cynical late-cohort Gen Xer with a certain degree of hostility to the New Age mindset being demonstrated here, of which I am somewhat familiar with given my general readings in esoteric matters [1].  It should be noted at the outset that this book is certainly being written with a New Age/Buddhist mindset, although like many books on practical mysticism it seeks to gain legitimacy from the traditions of mysticism that can be found in any religious worldview.

If you want to find out how Baby Boomers are next interested in corrupting our society even as they grow old, this book is an excellent place to look.  Coming from the same generation responsible for the countercultural movement of the 1960’s and several decades of wicked cultural war, abortion on demand, and other serious evils, this generation is now reaching the age of retirement and is set to take our society back to the Garden of Eden.  Before the author specifically mentioned this fact (106), I had pondered the way the author was discussing mankind as being divine in the immanent sense, and realized that this book was an example of a contemporary book that argues for the position of Satan when he seduced Eve in the Garden.  This book argues that fallible people are themselves like God and are free to live in any way they want that is in tune with their true and divine self, blaming everything that goes wrong in this fallen world on the false self of ego by which we find rational thoughts and plans. No, readers ought to empty their minds of truth and doctrine and follow the thoughts and impulses of their unconscious and undirected mind, wherever they may go.  At least that is the argument of the writer, who gives readers the rare choice of actually doing battle with the original Satanic argument.  What is old has become new again, and fits with the zeitgeist of a generation that has done nothing but cause misery and destruction in their wake during their entire youth and adult lives within American society.

The author of this book assume that the reader is an Elder (by this we presumably mean an old person of the Baby Boomer generation) who wants the respect of being a sage, despite the fact that this generation once famously claimed that one should not trust anyone over 30.  Being old has given them the desire to be respected as elders without having done any good for our society worthy of being respected in the first place, yet not by defending the biblical laws that command respect even for unworthy elders, but rather by virtue of a fallacious claim to being in possession of divine wisdom after having ruined our society for decades.  The ideal audience for this book is the Hillary Clinton or Jane Fonda crowd, giving vent to their continual mistrust of rationality as well as practical consequences of behavior.

The contents of this book are, in light of this book’s larger significance, almost superfluous, but for the sake of completeness they are worth mentioning as a way of demonstrating the author’s argument.  After an introduction to the subject of pantheism, the author seeks to urge understanding of the soul’s journey, encourage readers to dissolve their false selves, discover their divinity, tap into the divine wisdom, experience the divine wisdom within, and engage in sacred activism that promises to be as self-righteous and ultimately harmful to the world and society at large as every other aspect of Baby Boomer activism has been already.  The author urges discernment in the path of spiritual activism given the easy tendency of seeking and being disappointed by political power.  This is a wise caution.  The author encourages readers to be patient through their periods of struggling with living in accordance with their supposed divine self, writes about aging and the coming of the sage, which conveniently happens to be more praise about the supposed spiritual insight of Baby Boomers, and closes the short book of less than 150 pages with short chapters on being in the divine world, the divine human, the unity of self and cosmos, the power of love, and the blasphemous and utterly fatuous statement that he author and other people like him are in fact God.  This is a journey well worth understanding and viewing from afar with the sense of looming tragedy that inevitably follows the hubris illustrated by the author and others of his ilk, with a feeling of sadness that after decades of having screwed up the world in which they live that Baby Boomers have not come to any need to repent of their past sins, only doubling down on the selfish and arrogant tendencies that led to their disastrous lives in the first place.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2012/03/05/book-review-buddha-dharma-sangha-buddhism-and-the-buddhist-life-in-thailand/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2016/06/11/book-review-the-art-of-raising-children/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/book-review-born-for-love/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2016/03/15/book-review-it-wasnt-your-fault/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2013/10/12/book-review-christians-remember-your-past-lives-learn-how/

 

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