Friday, June 30, 2017

Interview with Raymond Floodgate, author of Life 2 the Full

Life 2 the Full is a self-help book that shows the reader how to improve health and well-being by preventing Illness from happening in the first place. This book will guide you through the elements needed to help you live your life to the full. Life 2 the Full covers such subjects as health and well-being, food, exercise for the body, and exercise for the mind. Stress is also covered in this book, including ways to eliminate it. Other topics include breathing, relaxation, meditation, money, and abundance. The goal is to help the reader achieve a life that is lived to the full. If you are struggling with your life through constant recurring illness, stress, food-related problems, or lack of purpose, Life 2 the Full will teach you how to change the life you are living now into a life that you never thought possible. The book is written in plain English, is easy to understand, and will give you an insight into how easy it is to change your life should you want to.

Has someone been instrumental in inspiring you to write?   

No I am afraid not, I started to write books because I needed a platform to show people that their life doesn't have to be the way it is. It doesn't matter where you go in this world; the majority of people never seem to be happy with their life. 

Who is your favorite author? Why?    

The author whose writing I like a lot is Herman Hesse. He has the ability to write something that is so easy to read that it is difficult to put the book down. Yet on the other hand he also has the skill to write a book that is so complicated it can leave you in no doubt that he is a very knowledgeable and clever author. 

What was your first sale as an author?    

I put a few copies of my first book into a local bookshop and popped back a couple of week later to see the owner and to see whether he had sold any copies. The book store owner said there was some interest but no sales yet. While we were talking, a lady came into the shop to look around and she found my book and said to the store owner that she would like to buy it. The bookshop owner said to her "you are in luck this gentleman here is the author". So I chatted to her for a while and signed the book for her, she went away a happy customer and I was so excited to have sold my first book. 

When in the day/night do you write? How long per day?    

I write mostly in the afternoon for around three hours almost every day. 

What is the hardest part of writing your books?    

The part of the book I found hardest to write was the chapter about the abolition of money. I realise that money is the most sort after medium in the world and to take it away probably wouldn't go down very well. I found it difficult to make it sound credible to the reader that, when money is taken out of their life they would actually become richer.

Raymond Floodgate is a certified Reiki master and teacher, a qualified practitioner of energy healing, and an energy healing teacher. He was a practitioner and instructor of Shotokan karate for twelve years but now focuses on preventing illness. To this end, he has studied Tai Chi, Qigong, and meditation.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Book Feature: Great Objectives by Robert Finch

In his book Utilitarianism, John Stuart Mill refers to the great objects of human life. We may assume that that what Mill calls an object is the same as an objective in modern parlance. The examples of great objectives that Mill cites include power, fame, and money. One wonders how seriously Mill was actually endorsing such aims to be the overarching objectives of living or whether he was simply expressing his finding that many people actually do take such aims as these for life. The contention is that Mill was indeed recognizing that people do choose such goals in life. After all, happiness has been recognized as an objective of life at least since the time of Aristotle, and virtue has a similarly ancient pedigree. It is quite common for ordinary people to adopt such mottos as “Healthy, wealthy, and wise” as aims for life. But we know that having more than one such value can lead to conflicts. This had been a concern to Sidgwick as well as other nineteenth-century moralists. A resolution to the problem was found by the time of the twentieth century, when it was realized that we should not try to achieve definite objectives, but instead look to some other procedure, such as a variety of evolution, to shape our objectives. In that case, we make plans and evaluate them, as we proceed. We should use our values, as Dewey recommended, for guideposts. The book discusses the methods of arriving at such plans and weighs some of the ethical and moral problems an individual or a society might face at the present time.

Robert Finch is the author of five collections of essays and co-editor of The Norton Book of Nature Writing. He broadcasts a weekly commentary on NPR and serves on the faculty of the MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. He lives in Wellfleet, MA.