WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY: Self-Control in an Age of Excess ~Daniel Akst
I want to tell you everything about this book. Since that is not possible in a blogging post, I need to figure out a way to get your attention focused on reading this book yourself. On recommendation of the TLC online book tours group, Penguin Books sent me a copy of this book to read. When I saw the donut bomb on the front cover I thought, “Oh no way! I am reading about weight loss and health at this time of the year.”
I put the book aside until after the holidays. Actually, I did just what the book said I would do and I went for the immediate pleasure of company and connection and dis-credited the future amount of time I would have to read this book. After all, it was just a non-fiction book and probably just a variation on a self help book.
The book includes weight issues as a form of slow suicide but it is about self-control. I enjoyed reading this book so much, reading it a second time in the allotted time frame was no problem, it was pure pleasure.
Daniel Akst is a journalist who is conscientious and leads a “regular” life. He is a gifted writer and his ability to piece together facts and history assists in making this an amazing read. He covers Democracy, economics, health, inventions, marketing, media, mental health, medical studies, prosperity, psychology, relationships, social change, sociology, crime and the issues of self-control by including interesting literature, history, psychology, governing actions, desires, outcomes and amazingly captivating research. As an author, he is fascinated with the issue of procrastination and as a parent he includes good intentions and childrearing supports.
Daniel Akst is a very witty writer. I had to read the book a second time to catch so many of his funnies I missed the first time through.
Self-control is quite a tricky wicket and I am happy to say that all throughout the book there are suggestions about how to get your self-control maximized to line up with your personality; creating your success. There are tried and true ways to guide children to maximize their growth, learning and self-control. The future and the rewards are going to go to those who can use their own self-control to their best advantage and learn how to offer correction and rewards to the masses that will not be taught how to attain self-control.
Self-control is nearly impossible in an AGE of Excess. The ability to delay gratification is a huge tool for success.
Self – Control is a learned skill and habit and it takes practice, practice, and more practice. Sometimes it takes a paid specialist ( most of the wealthy folks have accountants handling their funds and estates for them and the tales of what professional writers had to do to complete their writing and works is most enlightening.)
“We are what we repeatedly do, Will Durant wrote in summarizing Aristotle on this score. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
I find it hard to have a deep thoughtful discussion with people these days. Students in classes do not want to discuss material and I keep hearing folks blame the teachers, “Oh I know of teachers who get lots and lots of discussion, it is just those who don’t know how, that are boring who complain.” This book would say otherwise, the teacher getting the most discussion is the one who has the best sound bites, entertainment style and can key emotions – instant gratification specialists. One is hard pressed to find someone trained in research, debate, and an excellent communicator who has the habit of thinking. Then again you will find most of the thinker’s writing so that people will understand what they are trying to say.
Did I tell you how witty Daniel Akst is as an author? The book is very entertaining.
Definitely a 5 Ladybug rating
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I received no compensation for doing this book review, just a copy of the book from Penguin Press. If you purchase this book from this site, I will receive a few beans in my bucket.
The Publisher is offering a free copy to any US or Canadian Commenter on this post and the drawing will be on February 1
What inspires you to read a book about change, history, current events? Looking forward to your comments.