Embracing Reality

A Directive for Achieving Sustainability in the Twenty-first Century

Non-Fiction - General
84 Pages
Reviewed on 10/09/2017
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Author Biography

Author biographies are generally provided so that prospective readers can assess whether writers are qualified to address specific subjects—but what qualifies someone to address embracing reality and achieving global sustainability?

From an orthodox perspective, there is little to suggest that Jeb Taylor is such an individual. He resides on the periphery of civilization and has no formal training in any related fields. However, orthodox perspectives are proving to be incredibly unreliable and people in positions of authority are failing to address these critically important issues. This is why Jeb wrote Embracing Reality and it is why the public needs to consider carefully vetted alternatives to the status quo.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

In Embracing Reality: A Directive for Achieving Sustainability in the Twenty-first Century, Jeb Taylor states that humankind’s behavior is severely diminishing the earth’s resources. In this spellbinding, utterly thought-provoking and timely discussion, the author invites readers to consider the root causes of why the earth is on the brink of collapse and reveals the ways our civilizations have contributed to the depletion that the earth suffers at this point in time in areas of resources. There is no denying that the earth is dying and that our egocentric and consumerist cultures only make things worse. In this work, the author shows the roles that religion, politics, and some of the traditional schools of thought play in creating a culture that doesn’t support sustainable living, and offers clear and reasonable ways forward.

This is a purpose-driven discussion that is well-structured and articulated to create the awareness that everyone needs to embrace a healing culture. But how can people embrace a sustainable culture when they have been systematically indoctrinated with dogmas that are contrary to reason? Jeb Taylor demystifies the dogmas that are written in religious doctrines and challenges readers to look past faith and see powerful answers to the earth’s crisis in reason. He writes: “Sustainability can only be achieved if we embrace reason, and there is no reason to support religion.” About politics he states: “Like religious SIGs, political SIGs elicit public support through indoctrination campaigns and firmly believe that their ideologies are right and that all others are wrong.” Embracing Reality: A Directive for Achieving Sustainability in the Twenty-first Century is a timely, eye-opening book that could be the answer to the critical questions related to the health of the earth, a road map to saving the world we all love. It is well-researched, authoritative, and gripping.

Kayti Nika Raet

Embracing Reality: A Directive for Achieving Sustainability in the Twenty-first Century is a frank and innovative work of non-fiction by Jeb Taylor that explores scarcity and environmental issues and the human aspect of it all. In a short dissertation that is to the point, Taylor dives into myriad topics to support his point as he goes from religion, where he spends time detailing the tenets and origins of the three Abrahamic faiths, dips a bit into the realm of civilization and what has brought it to the brink of collapse, before diving into such things as agriculture, the media, and human overpopulation. Though many of the points made and solutions proposed are fairly western world-centric, Taylor doesn't pull any punches when it comes to showcasing the obstacles that need to be overcome before we can achieve sustainability.

Extremely declarative throughout, Embracing Reality is a short and very frank book that often feels like a dense text as it is less narrative non-fiction and more dry dissertation. It is something that may prevent readers from absorbing the information as easily as the author might have hoped. All in all, Embracing Reality: A Directive for Achieving Sustainability in the Twenty-first Century by Jeb Taylor is a pertinent read in these days and times as he encourages the reader to face the reality of the world of today, as well as giving a common sense approach to crafting the world of tomorrow.

Ray Simmons

For years I have thought that the knowledge of who we really are as a species and as individuals is essential to determining the direction of our future and in giving us a real purpose. There are many ways to acquire and categorize the knowledge we will need for this lofty mission. Knowledge about biology, psychology, and every other subject will be needed. Embracing Reality by Jeb Taylor will be in this body of work. How we affect the world around us becomes more critical every day as our numbers and powers grow. Embracing Reality is a Directive for Achieving Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century. I liked it a lot. It has a clarity that many of the news stories I read simply do not.

Embracing Reality is, in my opinion, a book for our times. Jeb Taylor is telling us to buck up and make decisions that will make our descendants proud, instead of leaving them with problems that they may not be able to solve. I loved the writing. It was science based, but not at that level of science where it becomes work just to read it and almost impossible to enjoy. I enjoyed it and particularly appreciated how it was organized. Jeb Taylor writes good science. So many perspectives were covered, like religion, government, politics, and the media. It is a good book with a powerful message. A book that will help people focus a little better in these politically uncertain times. You won’t regret buying this one.