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Reality Check
By Pivot
2012
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating:  2 stars
 
 
 
The different approach of the author held much potential to become a powerful message to readers, with its inclusion of references to songs, movies, and social media that modernized the look at society today.  The author’s use of quotations supports and strengthens much of the work, but when he reverts to clichés, the work weakens.
 
An excellent section was the author’s “Five Steps to Life.
 
1)       Figure out that there is a question to answer.
2)       Figure out what the question is.
3)       Answer it.
4)       Apply it.  Do the math.  (Pi is infinite.)
5)       Show and explain the question/answer you discover.”
 
 
While the author intersperses some good suggestions in improving life, and avoiding the “bullshit” to reach Utopia, the author’s vision of Utopia does not come across to be well thought out, a bit condescending in its statement.
 
 
“The complete Utopia that I envision is one where there are only 2 broad categories of occupation: artists and scientists; (athletes would probably be a subdivision).  Once people reach a certain age, perhaps 66, then we will become teachers of the pre-adolescent.  “Menial” occupations, such as trash collectors, road builders and waiters, will be shared by everyone; we’ll take turns.”
 
 
The idea of the education of youth by those who “reach a certain age, perhaps 66” presumes that age alone will teach them how to teach.  This reviewer understands and appreciates that the author is suggesting age brings wisdom to share, however, knowing something, and being capable of teaching it to young people, are not always the case. 
 
 
The author assumes that artists and scientists are the highest echelon, being the best occupations.  After raising athletes to a higher subdivision, the author determines “menial occupations will be shared by everyone.” By this classification, he diminishes the capable work of many in these occupations who are hardworking contributors to our society. 
 
 
While some sections of this book will give readers excellent things to consider, as a check on the reality within which we live, this reviewer feels that despite many interesting concepts, the total work did not reach its full potential.