There's no denying the challenge inherent in picking up such a book as Butterflies: it's not just a call to action: it's a hard-hitting assessment of why society has become so complacent and content to accept 'facts' without thinking and investigating, and it's a book that any thinking American should consider.
For one thing, Butterflies comes from a leading journalist whose focus is on how such a mindset of complacency develops and is nurtured by forces that would stand to benefit from sheep-like obedience and a lack of analytical abilities and critical thinking.
For another, Butterflies documents as much as it presents arguments, supporting its rationales while tackling such wide-ranging issues as sexuality, spirituality, and how an increasingly connected world promises much but often leads its participants away from the direction of true engagement.
What do Bitcoin, individual choice, institutional edicts, fictional approaches, and scientific advancement have to do with personal transformation and an increasingly interconnected world replete with both opportunity and oppression?
Daniel M. Harrison interviewed numerous professionals in the scientific, medical and general academic and commercial fields and harvested their thoughts for Butterflies, blending statistical surveys and studies with discussions of mainstream thinking and its dangers.
Don't expect a dull read, either. Harrison packs his account with metaphors, images, and bright discussions of the 'millennial mindset' that make for vivid reading. Perhaps it's his choice of language, which sets aside the usual plodding nature of inquiry in favor of a lively, engaging approach packed with supercharged examples: "…the message that Satoshi was sending that day to the whole market along with his source code for bitcoin’s currency was clear as the bright spring morning that lit up London’s four century old spiral towers as their steeples reflected and then disappeared in the yellow-white sunlit glare of the River Thames. That message went something like this: If there’s a multi-trillion dollar bailout for the plutocracy going on right now, then here is a multi-trillion dollar bailout for the people."
Intellectual? You bet. Packed with hard science and difficult concepts? Absolutely. Tempered by human experience, fictional depictions, and personal accounts? That's one of its points. If journalism's true purpose is to expose fraud, pinpoint evolutionary processes, and challenge readers to think about the bigger picture, then Butterflies is the epitome of this process, and recommended for any who would don wings.
If it's a grounded, less passionate analysis that is desired, move on. Butterflies is for any who would take these expansive worldviews and run with them - even fly. That's its strength - and thus its appeal - to any who would break free from society's comfort-oriented cocoon and soar....Continua