Original Virtue from our Beginnings to our Becoming

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
214 Pages
Reviewed on 09/02/2012
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Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

"In Original Virtue" author Robert Granger has taken the idea of original sin and done a brilliant analysis for the reader. He contends that original virtue is an inbred motivator for moral behavior and basic goodness. By thinking of yourself as a basically good person, you can then visualize instances of bad thinking and acting as learning experiences rather than as judgments and irreversible actions. Granger contends that original virtue has more to do with the person you are becoming rather than the person who has already been. It is a staying-in-the-moment kind of concept which allows for cognitive and behavioral corrections along the way.

The most inspiring story in the book had to do with a member of the Ku Klux Klan who met up with a member of the Jewish community. The influence of the Jewish man was so strong that it brought about the cognitive "light bulb effect" in the longstanding clansman. Some would say that the behavior of the Jewish man was so different from that expected by the clansman that cognitive change was forced. The author contends that the shift in thinking was due to the innate "original virtue" being able to break through the thinking of the clansman. Either way, there was a revolution in thinking and behavior. The author feels that when people need change, it will come through the intimacy of relationships and that in order to change, people need a lack of clutter in their minds in order to be receptive to that change. This is a thought-provoking book which puts a new slant on gaining awareness through others.