A Contemplation on Being & Belonging

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Pages: 160

Voices of Longing offers the reader some words about longing and belonging. It carves out a space of personal retreat within the contemporary world. The book allows a space for meditation. It is a book for individuals – for personal reflection.These voices also represent each and every human being. Each person longs. More importantly, each person belongs. We belong together as one human family.Voices of Longing comprises of sixty-four pieces, accompanied by one of the sixty-four hexagrams of the I-Ching. These written pieces are also accompanied throughout with twenty original photographs by accomplished photographer Layla Neal. These original photographs give us the faces of fellow human beings from across the globe. Let us all be connected through the energy of the inner heart.

Publisher: Beautiful Traitor Books

Why in the world do people agree to be looted and otherwise oppressed by government overlords? It is not just fear. In this seminal treatise - The Discourse on Voluntary Servitude - Étienne de La Boétie explains how people willingly give their consent to be tyrannized. Yet, at the same time, that consent can be non-violently withdrawn.La Boétie’s great contribution to political thought was written while he was a law student at the University of Orléans. The Discourse on Voluntary Servitude is a single percipient insight into the nature of, not only tyranny, but implicitly of the State apparatus itself. The essay was initially circulated in manuscript form and it was only clandestinely published in 1577. La Boétie argues in the Discurse, that any tyrant remains in power while his subjects grant him that, therefore delegitimizing every form of power. La Boétie linked together obedience and domination, a relationship which would be later theorised by latter anarchist thinkers.


By advocating a solution of simply refusing to support the tyrant, he became one of the earliest advocates of civil disobedience and nonviolent resistance. The Discurse cuts to the heart of what is, or rather should be, the central problem of political philosophy: the mystery of civil obedience. NOTE: This edition by Azafran Books was published in September 2017 and has been edited and formatted by a team of dedicated real people – not an algorithm! Our books have been carefully published to the highest of standards.