Circles of Meaning, Labyrinths of Fear by Brendan Myers
The twenty-two relationships of a spiritual life and culture - and why they need protection

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You’ve heard of sacred places, writings, relics, and rituals, holy days and magical times of year. But these are actually representations of relationships that people have with each other and the elements of the world. Some of these relationships environmental: they involve landscapes, animals, and the streets of your home town. Some are personal, such as families, friends, and elders. Some are public, involving musicians, storytellers, medical doctors, and even soldiers. This book studies twenty-two relationships, from a variety of traditions, and shows their place in ‘the good life’. Yet these relations are always fragile, and threatened by fears, from the fear of loneliness, to the fear of the loss of personal or political freedom, to the fear of death. To escape from these fears, people often trap themselves into ways of life that are bad for everyone, including themselves. This book studies how that happens, and how to prevent it. More than beliefs, laws, and teachings, our relationships are the true basis of spirituality, and freedom.
 

About Brendan Myers

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Brendan Myers was born on the fourth of July, in his family's home in Canada. He studied philosophy and drama as an undergrad at the University of Guelph, in the city of Guelph, Ontario, as well as at Memorial University of Newfoundland, both in Canada. Brendan is currently studying at the Ph.D. level working as a research associate in the department of philosophy of the National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland. He holds dual citizenship with both Canada, his native country and Ireland where his father was born. Currently living in Ireland, Brendan hopes to make Europe his permanent home. While unorthodox spirituality is one of his main areas of philosophical interest, Brendan is also interested in social/political thought, civil disobedience, ethics, world mythology, and environmental philosophy. His keen interest in politics and social justice developed during his two year tenure as the president of Local 3913 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. He has had the good fortune to present his ideas before His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, as well as the Duke of Edinburgh, and in several good local pubs.
 
Published March 16, 2012 by John Hunt Publishing. 484 pages
Genres: Parenting & Relationships, Law & Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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