Rediscovering the Wisdom of Human Nature

How Civilization Destroys Happiness

Non-Fiction - Self Help
226 Pages
Reviewed on 05/25/2020
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Author Biography

Chet Shupe is an electronics engineer who once suffered profound Attention Deficit Disorder (A D D). With A D D, social relationships baffled him. After years of bewilderment and depres-sion, his condition was finally diagnosed, and effectively treated by the drug Ritalin. Suddenly, at 43, life made sense.
Shupe emerged from A D D with a unique perspective on the human condition. His engineer’s mind forced him to ask basic questions about the brain’s purpose, how the mind is organized, why feelings exist, the origin of good and evil, the true dynamics of every relationship, and how all of this relates to our happiness and to the wellbeing of humanity.

For years, Shupe has pursued his inquiry with passion and conviction, ranging far into the intri-cacies of the modern social contract, to question how well it is serving us, both individually and collectively. As a scientist, he bolsters every conclusion with logical and compelling examples. As a person of feeling and intuition, he expresses his hopes for humanity with genuine compas-sion and sincerity. As a whistleblower to the world, he speaks with urgency about the need to rediscover our connections with our own Nature, if we are ever again to experience the con-tentment of sisterhood and brotherhood that is our natural heritage.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Rediscovering the Wisdom of Human Nature: How Civilization Destroys Happiness by Chet Shupe is a thought-provoking, sensational book that has strong spiritual and philosophical underpinnings. The book is a powerful call to humanity to return to the basic instinct that drives happiness: to do the things that make them feel good. In this book, the author explains how civilization has led humanity towards a self-destructive path, away from the one thing that everyone craves — happiness. He identifies a transition between the periods that humanity fully embraced nature and lived in the present moment and the time humankind started worrying about the future. This book will create a powerful awareness in readers, making them understand how civilization has given us a lot while alienating us from our very core values.

Chet Shupe’s writing is evocative, insightful, and filled with wisdom to ponder. I took copious notes while reading this book and had to stop to savor some of the things the author writes about. This is not the kind of book to read lightly, because it compels the reader to think about reality and purpose. Some of the thoughts expressed in this book should be written boldly in the human heart. The author’s take on emotional pain is powerful and he articulates on the reasons why we experience emotional pain and how to create an existence that takes us towards a path of fulfillment. This book shows readers the path to “end human blindness to the suffering that institutional life inflicts upon us all.” Rediscovering the Wisdom of Human Nature: How Civilization Destroys Happiness is a unique book that explores the impact of what we call civilization on our experience of happiness. Written in exciting prose and filled with strong and compelling examples, it is food for the soul, a must-read.

K.C. Finn

Rediscovering the Wisdom of Human Nature: How Civilization Destroys Happiness, penned by author Chet Shupe, is a work of non-fiction that focuses on ideas such as the emotional isolation brought about by modern society. Written as a kind of journey of discovery so that readers can help themselves to understand many of the negative feelings and longings that they may experience on a daily basis, Shupe’s deconstruction of modern society explains that many of today’s expected conventions go against the feelings which we naturally have as human beings. What results is a book which advocates a more feeling-led life with a stronger sense of community and less isolation.

As someone who prefers to be outside of the traditional workplace and social structures myself, I was delighted to delve into author Chet Shupe’s excellent philosophy work. The idea that we deny our own feelings for the sake of the perceived needs of society is very well explained, even for those who may never have thought about it before, and the arguments which Shupe makes present many compelling points to think about long after you finish reading the book. The inner structure is also well organized to not bombard readers with too much at once, and the self-help approach does offer an eye-opening new perspective to help people truly see ‘the rat race’ of civilization for what it is. Overall, Rediscovering the Wisdom of Human Nature: How Civilization Destroys Happiness is an essential read for anyone seeking a change and a more free and positive future.

Vincent Dublado

Reading time is a valuable moment to absorb fresh ideas on the philosophy of existence and our role in the ontological order. One can be easily drawn to the title of Chet Shupe’s new book, Rediscovering the Wisdom of Human Nature: How Civilization Destroys Happiness. It has a nice philosophical ring to it, and one might say that Mr. Shupe is an unconventional thinker as he dispenses his ideas with an intrapersonal approach. Mr. Shupe’s premise is that our conditioned link to society has destroyed our happiness. Beginning when we first developed language, we then became attuned to advanced cognitive exercises and started worrying about the future. Those who have read his previous book, Eden: Regaining Our Spiritual Freedom, can well view this new work as a follow-up that supports his philosophical views of how man-made laws contribute to the deterioration of our natural selves. In this new book, he proposes that we need to connect with our human nature, particularly that which constitutes our emotional and spiritual core. In his own words, he wrote this book to “end human blindness to the suffering that institutional life inflicts upon us all.”

Chet Shupe’s foundational truth is a fusion of evolutionary biology and mysticism. He alludes to biblical concepts and explains it from an evolutionary and even anthropological perspective. He claims that the metaphorical myth about Adam and Eve is a real event and that the authors of Genesis were giving us a warning that we are incapable of controlling life and that the Fall of Eden was the result of man’s vulnerability to an idea. After you have finished reading Rediscovering the Wisdom of Human Nature: How Civilization Destroys Happiness, there is plenty of room to ruminate and dissect Mr. Shupe’s points. For whatever impact this book will have on you, one thing is definite: It is a tome that offers a healthy exercise in critical debate.

Karen Hesson

Rediscovering The Wisdom of Human Nature: How Civilization Destroys Happiness by Chet Shupe is a fascinating read. This non-fiction book addresses the mental health epidemic that seems to have gripped the world. In essence, human suffering is caused by our lack of intimate relationships with others and by forcing ourselves to comply and conform, instead of embracing our natural needs and desires. We have created a society that puts far too much emphasis on controlling the unknowable future and telling every being what they should and should not be.

I love to read, but very rarely reach for non-fiction. Maybe there was something in my soul calling for me to pick up Rediscovering The Wisdom of Human Nature. I often tell friends and family members that I feel like life is just this boring and slightly depressing conveyor belt. Everything is spelled out for us, and each day is filled to the brim with obligations. I found Chet Shupe’s thoughts on religion and its creation to be interesting as well. I recently chose to leave the organized religion that once guided my life because deep inside I knew it wasn’t right. I’ve also experienced many periods of depression and anxiety in my life, and each time I read Shupe’s thoughts on sisterhoods and brotherhoods, my soul seemed to cry out, “Yes! This is what you’re missing!” So many of the relationships in my life are too shallow, and I crave more intimacy. I can’t say that I agreed with every word on every page, but I very much enjoyed the book, and it gave me incredible insight into my own emotional suffering. I will recommend this book to others, as it is filled with valuable ideas and truths.

Jessica Barbosa

Rediscovering the Wisdom of Human Nature: How Civilization Destroys Happiness by Chet Shupe is a self-help book that delves deep into the foundation of what makes us human. It explores the different elements that contribute to the happiness and unhappiness of a human being and explains how society and our civilization play a big role in a person’s life. It provides various insights on subjects like how the evolution of language and feelings have affected the way people live. Humanity thrives on the support and trust of others but nowadays most of us live in emotional isolation from others, with anxieties and irritations that have now become constant in our modern lives. Immerse yourself in this change of perspective and discover more about the wisdom of human nature.

Chet Shupe has written a book that goes into an in-depth discussion about human nature's evolution in terms of mental, emotional, spiritual, and personal maturity. As humans become more civilized, problems multiply and grow more complicated. Rediscovering the Wisdom of Human Nature sheds light on how people often make themselves miserable with the expectations and rules we’ve placed on ourselves, based on the whims of society. It expounds on that idea and gives a more unique perspective of the world and the emotional constructs of people the further you read through it.

Shupe deeply explores the subject of human emotions and offers interesting philosophies regarding a human’s wellbeing and how it is either thriving or falling under the pressure of rules we have created for ourselves. The book gave me a closer look and a deeper understanding of a person’s nature. It also gave me a unique understanding of how we became who we are today. The author’s focus on the subject of emotions, feelings, and the foundations of the human mind evoked in me a deeper curiosity. His thoughts on the subject are fascinating to follow and wonderful to read. This book has definitely opened my eyes and reading such a unique perspective has allowed me to look at everything in a new and interesting way.