In an interview, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., described his father, a few days before he was murdered by the CIA, giving him a book inspired by the Stoics, 334BC to 180AD, what does it mean to “do the right thing.” Young Kennedy was fourteen. Recently, Kennedy described his affinity for audiobooks. The current volume being “Alexander Hamilton,” thirty-hours by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow, perhaps the best and most personal overview of the American Revolution, the drafting of the Constitution, and the founding of our American government. Having interviewed hundreds of extraordinary people, when they comment on such works, I dig in.
In addition to several of her award-winning books and papers, including “Restoring the Kinship Worldview, Indigenous Voices Introduce 28 Precepts for Rebalancing Life on Planet Earth,” Darcia Narvaez, Professor Emeritus at Notre Dame, recommended, “Not in His Image: Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology, and the Future of Belief,” by John Lamb Lash, which describes the Indigenous-Pagan reality from the Axial period, approximately 800 to 200 BC, and later, where different groups in the ancient world, Egyptians, Greeks, Chinese, Mesopotamian, and others developed codes of conduct and morality.