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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Being Reasonable: Plain Talk About Living in the Future by Ross Urquhart was written following an epiphany by its author; one in which a kid at a cash register asked him if he wanted to use a "senior card". Urquhart swallowed his pride, accepted that he was no longer in his youth, and punched out Being Reasonable in which he covers...absolutely everything. Okay, not absolutely everything, but everything having to do with life in the current political, economic, and religious climate. The dissection of thought and Urquhart's analysis of all things that should be understood but aren't is the soul of this straight-shooting, no holds barred guide. In short, to begin to understand is to be reasonable. This is the crux of Urquhart's ardent work.
First, I'd like to get one important thing out of the way: "evilest" really is a word. He asked, I checked, we're good. Being Reasonable by Ross Urquhart is uniquely entertaining for a book that is so full of intelligent arguments. Like talking to your smartest uncle who seems to know it all, Urquhart's tone is familiar and somehow feels instantly trustworthy. There is wit woven through serious narratives, but the muscle behind his reasoning is all there, strengthened by facts and real world examples of the direction we are headed. My favorite chapter is 19, The Under Appreciation of Overpopulation, where he points out that "The richest countries have a population growth rate that is virtually non-existent. In other words, in most developed countries ... on average two adults produce two children, which is simple replacement." Urquhart makes many such assertions that are both shocking and true, and provides data to back up the claim. While scary, it does what it's intended to do. It gets a reader to think. To open their eyes. To be reasonable.