Mental Environment

(Mostly About Mind Pollution)

Non-Fiction - Health - Fitness
352 Pages
Reviewed on 03/14/2009
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Did my parents influence me? Of course. Did my church influence my way of thinking? Of course. Those around us influence us. Our family, friends, teachers, and co-workers all affect how what we think.

We can add to this advertising, television shows, politics, and books. Bob Gebelein strives to make us aware of the pollution flooding our minds. Gebelein continues his book by encouraging readers to examine their society. There are legal laws and social laws. Do social laws prevent us from expressing our own view?

While I recognize the point Gebelein is making, I do not totally agree with him. Of course, those in our lives influence us. He makes it sound as though that is not good. I thank God that my family and Sunday School teacher influenced me. Gebelein professes a Christian faith; however, I do not see where he has demonstrated that faith. The Mental Environment is written in a crisp manner. The Mental Environment is a book you will want to ponder.

Nancy Eaton

Do we really live in a free country? Bob Gebelein will really make you think twice about this statement after reading his book "The Mental Environment".

What is mind pollution? The author defines mind pollution as any thought, idea, fiction, hypnotic suggestion, judgment, etc. that makes one's view of reality less accurate. The main goal is to try and make one's view as accurate as possible without the influence of any polluting elements.

What is the main factor that influences mind pollution? It is social manipulation. Just think about it. In our country we have many legal laws that guarantee us certain rights and freedoms so we can express our views without government persecution. However, on the other hand, we have social laws. Social laws tell us how we must act within a certain group. These laws are unwritten but they are clearly understood. For instance, if you belong to a certain social group, your beliefs must agree with the others in the group. What would happen if you believed in something totally different from the rest of the group? You must live by the norms of the group. If a person goes along with the norms of the group, they are the "greatest". If they do not agree, the person would probably be labeled as "weird". So the question here is do you want to feel good by going along with the norms of the group or do you want to feel your beliefs are accurate?

Bob Gebelein talks about many subjects but the one I really found interesting is religion. The author describes religion as not just a belief but also a way of approaching a knowledge of the spiritual. Religion claims to know the ultimate reality. He makes the point that many of the Christian Gospels were written decades after the life of Jesus and not based on first hand experience but from other people's accounts. Another point the author makes is that religion fills our social need for authorities. When we want to know the ultimate truth we reach out for something that appears to be the ultimate truth. However, if one group follows the beliefs of a certain spiritual leader and another group follows a different leader, who is to say which group is accurate about the ultimate truth if each group's beliefs are different. Take some time to think about this and you will understand where the author is coming from.

Bob Gebelein has written a book that is clear and concise on the subject of "The Mental Environment". This book really made me sit down and analyze everything the author is saying. I found myself thinking, "That is so true and really makes sense". This book is easy to understand but it is not what you would consider "light" reading. The author gives you plenty of food for thought and it is up to the reader to take that information, decipher it and think about the point the author is trying to make and then come up with your own conclusion. I thoroughly enjoyed this book because it forced me to really ponder the points of the author. There is no doubt the author is passionate about his subject. This really comes through in his writing. If you are looking for a book to read that is unique, challenging and interesting, be sure to add "The Mental Environment" to your reading list.

Lisa M. Rough

Like the boy in "The Emperor's New Clothes", Bob Gebelein pulls away the facade of our civilization to reveal what really motivates people and organizations. Some age old questions are raised, with refreshing and unique answers. "Why are some people powerful and some are powerless?" "How are we vulnerable to hypnotic suggestions and manipulated by the everyday events and actions of others?" "How can knowledge of the self lead to overcoming these pitfalls and preparing for a new civilization?" Good read and highly recommended for a fresh view of all things mental.

Bob Gebelein

Gebelein professes a Christian belief based on EVIDENCE. How many times do I have to shout "EVIDENCE" before it registers with you that this is not "faith."