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Why is it so hard to make up our minds? Adam and Eve set the template Do we or don’t we eat the apple? They chose half heartedly and nothing was ever the same again With this book Kenneth Weisbrode offers a crisp literate and provocative introduction to the age old struggle with ambivalenceAmbivalence results from a basic desire to have it both ways This is only natural although insisting upon it against all reason often results not in both but in the disappointing neither Ambivalence has insinuated itself into our culture as a kind of obligatory reflex or default position before practically every choice we make It affects not only individuals organizations societies and cultures can also be ambivalent How often have we asked the scornful question Are we the Hamlet of nations? How often have we demanded that our leaders appear decisive judicious and stalwart? And how eager have we been to censure them when they hesitate or waver?Weisbrode traces the concept of ambivalence from the Garden of Eden to Freud and beyond The Obama era he says may be America’s own era of ambivalence neither red nor blue but a multicolored kaleidoscope Ambivalence he argues need not be destructive We must learn to distinguish it from its symptoms selfishness ambiguity and indecision and accept that frustration guilt and paralysis felt by individuals need not lead automatically to a collective pathologyDrawing upon examples from philosophy history literature and the social sciences On Ambivalence is a pocket sized portrait of a complex human condition It should be read by anyone who has ever grappled with making the right choice


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