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Chet Shupe’s New Book Will Alter Your Perspective on Life, and What Humans Need, to Find Contentment

In “Rediscovering the Wisdom of Human Nature: How Civilization Destroys Happiness” (Spiritual Freedom Press; 2020), Chet Shupe argues for our return to “spiritual homes”—homes in which we accept one another for who we are, instead of who we “should be.”

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“As social primates, we are all born with the innate desire to take care of the people around us, not ourselves. It’s simply the way evolution created us. The people who love us take care of us.”        

All humans once lived intimately, loved effortlessly, and experienced the profound meaning of needing each other, until their small social groups were replaced by tribal, then civil cultures. But, we moderns face the world, as couples, while increasing numbers of us live alone. Why this radical change in family relationships? And how has it affected our spiritual lives?

Monetary and legal systems did not exist, in the pre-civilized world, where people, quite naturally, depended on each other, for survival, not on money. They didn’t do it, because they thought it was a good idea. They had no option. And neither do we, because monetary and legal systems now render all of us responsible for our own wellbeing. Modern culture’s money-based way of life made it impossible for humans to continue to trust our lives to one another.

The essence of modern life is that humans now must compete against each other for resources, at the individual level. We would be fools to trust our lives to one another. In our modern culture, families are based on legal obligations, no longer on our inborn need to cooperate with others, to satisfy mutual needs, as humans always did, till civilization changed everything.

This radical change in family relationships has devastated our spiritual lives, by severing our emotional connections to one another. Consequently, we moderns don’t love one another anymore—not well enough to live together. This is not because love doesn’t come as easily to us as it did to our distant ancestors. It’s because we are depending on the wrong things for survival. You see, when we depended on each other for survival, we loved our “brothers and sisters” unconditionally. Now that we depend on personal wealth, for survival, we love money and property unconditionally.

The spiritual devastation that results from trusting our lives to personal wealth is blatantly visible in the rampant loneliness, anxiety, depression, mental illness, and failed family relationships that haunt our modern world. We can recover from this devastation, only by reconnecting with the awesome awareness and grace of the human spirit, the repository of all the wisdom that Nature and evolution bequeathed to us. It will require that we re-establish spiritual homes, homes in which family members are bonded by their love for one another. Through that love, we will regain our trust in the human spirit, which was robbed from us, when monetary and legal systems replaced natural human culture.

A spiritual home would not result in an ideal existence, of course. An existence free of disagreements and hardships to overcome, would be meaningless to our souls. But it would be a place where we will experience our natural need for one another, thus our love for our fellow humans, just as our pre-civilized ancestors did.

Learn more about spiritual homes and the emotional healing they provide in “Rediscovering the Wisdom of Human Nature: How Civilization Destroys Happiness.” Order a copy on Amazon or Chet Shupe’s website at

Rediscovering the Wisdom of Human Nature: How Civilization Destroys Happiness
Author | Chet Shupe
Published date | 2020
Publisher | Spiritual Freedom Press
Genre | Philosophy, Evolutionary Psychology, Sociology, Self-help

Author Bio

As a whistle-blower to the world, Chet Shupe speaks with urgency about our need to rediscover our connections with their own nature, if we are ever again to experience the contentment of sisterhood and brotherhood that is our natural heritage.

Chet Shupe is an electronics engineer who suffered from severe Attention Deficit Disorder, for much of his life. When he was 43, his condition was finally diagnosed, and he began treatment with Ritalin. Suddenly, life made sense. As a result of that extraordinary experience, he began writing on brain dysfunction to provide a conceptual framework for medically treating the brain.

As a result of that effort—combined with his professional knowledge of system control theory—Shupe’s subject soon changed from brain dysfunction to cultural dysfunction. He realized that the brain cannot find lasting contentment, nor can it produce behavior that serves its species, when functioning in a reality that, emotionally, it does not comprehend.

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