In Waking Up in Time: Finding Inner Peace in Times of Accelerating Change, Peter Russell presents an interesting perspective on the crises our planet and species are facing. He takes the reader through a convincing explanation for why we have reached this point of materialism and self-centered shortsightedness that explains without placing blame, and suggests that what we are really trying to do is fulfill inner needs with exterior solutions. Therefore, the solution to the crises may well lie in us rediscovering inner peace and realizing that inner needs can only be fulfilled internally.
Towards the end of the book Russell moves into a realm that was less compelling to me, proposing that we may reach a “singularity” in our evolution soon and that there may be a “hidden purpose to evolution”. He makes the mistake of assuming that just because the probability of all factors being right for life to begin on earth was very low, that because it did happen, therefore it was somehow “meant” to happen or there is a “purpose” to it. This sort of argument bothers me, but I think the earlier parts of what Russell had to say were still valid even if the end of the book got a bit strange.
The book is a fast read with short chapters, but still felt a little repetitive at times. Overall I found it interesting and I’m glad I read it.