The World As Belief and Wanton Desire: Ending the Addiction

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We are spoiled here in the West: all the latest techno-gadgets, the sweetest toys, grocery stores with shelves full to overflowing, infinite consumer choice for whatever the heart desires.  But that is not all, no that is not all.  Hot and cold running water all of the time, central heating and air conditioning thermostatically controlled by us in our homes and businesses, electricity on-demand with the flip of a switch, 300+ channels of television, credit cards galore, the fastest internet connections on earth, 24 hour shopping networks; in short, an endless supply of distractions within a growing spectacle intended precisely for that purpose.

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With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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