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Knowledge of Goodness
Leaving the Epoch of Barbarism
James Adrian
Introduction to Part One
March 1, 2024

      I was born of American citizen parents of European descent in North Africa (then known as French West Africa), and I was raised in the United States of America after the end of World War II. A lot has happened since.

      Because the word goodness is in the title, you might think that the information in this book does not apply to agnostics or atheists or those who feel that they can't be certain about such things. If you believe you have only one lifetime to live, I suspect that you would prefer that life to be a pleasant one. The information in this book is about living a rewarding life, whether you connect goodness to God or not.

      Like so many elderly people who feel a need to write down their experiences, I recognize that much of my life has given me information that can help people (if they only knew). Unlike an autobiography, this book does not include long descriptions of personal events; although short accounts of key events are included in a few chapters where those events are especially relevant.

      Somewhere in the heart and mind of most people, there is a suspicion that knowing more about goodness might be constructive.

      My purpose in writing this book is to share my observations about the actual causes of war; the causes of many other of life's miseries; and information about how to disable those causes. I have learned that nothing I have lived through since my birth in 1944 is more relevant to this than an understanding of goodness.

      If we are religious or spiritual, faith is often the starting point of our understanding of goodness; but you might be surprised by how much knowledge of goodness people have gleaned from clear and undeniable experiences.

      Many events and feelings are part of goodness. Seeing your new-born grandchild for the first time can be an overwhelming experience of love (one of several kinds of love).

      As a very young child, I saw another child accidentally injured with a sharp knife. I felt a chill, as though my blood was suddenly cold. I later learned the word for this kind of feeling. It is empathy.

      Love and empathy exist. We know that from our direct experience.

      In addition to direct experience, some content relies on the preserved documentation of events that took place before we were born. Historical evidence is used here to explain the cultural consequences of our many centuries of war, and to help understand goodness. Chapter 1 examines violence and feelings.

      Some of us are fortunate enough to have known people who, to some degree, are caring, compassionate, or forgiving, or generous, grateful, honest, or humble, or kind, trustworthy, or moral. Like love and empathy, these are also features of goodness.

      Chapter 2 is one of the chapters that help the reader prepare for evaluating evidence. Unbeknownst to many, some of the characteristics of our cognition have been biased by our cultures. There are several aspects to this. Rarely used features of cognition and features that are not used nearly enough are identified.

      Some of the pain and misery of the world is in the form of repeated and involuntary recall of disturbing memories. This can be cured, and chapter 3 is devoted to that.

      Chapter 4 discusses forgiveness. It has profound effects on our happiness and is very dependent on our understanding of people.

      Tranquility and the changes needed to achieve it is a subject that is mentioned in several chapters. It is the main issue in chapter 5.

      Courage and Confidence without Ego is the subject of chapter 6. Evidence of misleading popular ideas is presented.

      Chapter 7 describes your higher self. Too little has been publicly explained about this.

      Chapter 8 discusses fear and why you don't need it.

      Chapter 9 explains how biases interfer with reasoning. This is one of the chapters that help the reader prepare for evaluating evidence.

      Chapter 10 is about Love, Compassion, and Goodness.

      A knowledge of goodness can solve many problems and clear up some widespread misunderstandings. I believe that this information can change many of us for the better, and similarly change people in future generations.

      I hope that my observations prove useful.

Part One

      Introduction to Part One

      Chapter 1 - Violence and Feelings

      Chapter 2 - Cancelling Limitations

      Chapter 3 - Involuntary Memories

      Chapter 4 - Forgiving

      Chapter 5 - Achieving Tranquility

      Chapter 6 - Courage and Confidence Without Ego

      Chapter 7 - Your Higher Self

      Chapter 8 - Fear

      Chapter 9 - Bias

      Chapter 10 - Love, Compassion, and Goodness

Part Two

      Introduction to Part Two

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      Chapter 2 -

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      Chapter 4 -

      Chapter 5 -

      Chapter 6 -

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