Stuart Mayo Watt’s new book ‘Are You Born Good - A Mountain Journey to the Top’ is a rare find in the 21st century. As a student of English Literature Philosophy, it spoke to me at great lengths. However, when I sat down to write about the book, I could not help but think about the effects of this book on individuals.
Dare I say, here the author reminds me of Socrates – whose ultimate truth was so mindful to him that he chose to poison himself rather than to believe otherwise.
Alternatively, at some points, the author reminds me of Galileo. A man, who does not want you to believe what you are saying. But instead, he reaches out with his telescope and tells the world that he will admit to being false. However, the condition is that the world sees through the telescope and rejects its senses.
Before I further worry about how Watt’s book is perceived, my next statement will be under the same moral question. Dare I say that while Nietzsche and Watt’s perspectives are poles apart, they seem to have the same determination?
Nietzsche was known for his criticisms of traditional religion, particularly Christianity. He considered himself an atheist and rejected the idea of a divine being or higher power. However, he did not promote atheism as a universal solution or a replacement for religion. Instead, he believed that individuals should create their values and moral codes based on their personal experiences and perspectives.
Watt, on the other hand, tells his journey as a mountaineer to the top of the mountain – that is the complete and ultimate truth. He excessively and keenly rejects the idea of man having a scapegoat while creating something to follow.
A simple stance of a worshipful life takes this mountaineer on a journey we all will follow. If you have picked up the book then you may enjoy some of this literary commentary on the book. If you have not, then spoilers ahead.
Here are three reasons why Watt’s journey, may make you agree with him.
1. The search for scapegoats is human nature
Throughout the reading of this book, I found myself challenging the author’s points. However, when it came to this particular aspect, I could not help but agree with it.
Watt’s philosophy of man is good comes from the idea of psychologists, psychiatrists, and doctors coming together to plant the “good seed” in a person’s mind – as she says. In this philosophy, Watt clearly states his idea that a human being is not naturally good but bad to live a purposeful life.
However, the good seed is planted so human beings can have an escape when they do something bad and feel the impacts of it. After which, what usually follows is guilt or a domino effect in society.
These experts further tell you how each action is because of traumatic events, ignored upbringing, and all those fancy words we hear associated with mental health.
Watt disregards every inch of these studies and beliefs. Are you thinking that the author has no proof right now? Well, hold your horses, because what Watt throws at you next will make you agree with him.
Watt simply talks about humans looking for a blame game since the beginning of time. And who better to point to than our very own Adam and Eve?
He proclaims that when the man refused to follow simple instructions of eating the forbidden fruit, he was given free will. His instinct to use the freewill resulted in a punishable offense.
And the first response of Adam was to blame it on Eve! We have all heard it right? Adam ate the fruit because of Eve. But the string of scapegoats does not end here.
Eve blames the entire thing on Satan who seduced her. Thus, taking off the burden on the original sinners and putting it on the environmental beauty, Satan, and the curiosity that rose in man.
According to Watt, the simplest way out of this was just to listen to God’s words. Almost like listening to the mountaineer when following him to climb to the top.
2. The natural self-centered traits of man
One of the main themes of the book is that human beings are naturally bad. This aspect helps Watt explain the idea of why human being does bad things. Furthermore, it helps justify the philosophy that man is meant to live a life of worship to God and him only.
Watt explains how glory is only for God. A good deed done by human beings always makes the person nice and not God. His idea of doing good should be him going against nature for God.
But how does he justify his stance on human beings being naturally ‘bad’?
Watt uses one of the most baffling statements when he talks about his babies and his observation of those babies.
He explains children to be selfish, greedy, aggressive, and overall self-centered – which is generally considered wrong in a social setting, right?
Watt explains that a child’s needs are naturally what matters to him only. Thus proving that man is born this way rather than being selfless and a good person.
3. Worshipful life does not mean a robotic life
Watt knows very well throughout his journey that he has the free will to give up or quit entirely. However, he carries it on with the belief that it is God who wants to take him there by doing the worshipful.
Fear is the card that the author plays in one of the parts of the book. Not the fear of God. But fear of disappointing the judge, and creator. Watt explains that the fear of disappointing a higher entity keeps the free will intact as well as the worship of God.
Stuart Mayo Watt brings about points that are new to the world of the modern era. Whether you are a practicing Christian or not, you will not be able to save yourself from some of the arguments that are in the book!
Check it out for yourself.
To check the book on amazon: https://www.amazon.com/ARE-YOU-BORN-GOOD-Mountain-ebook/dp/B0BVC83ZZ8/
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