The Noble Edge: Reclaiming an Ethical World One Choice at a Time
Christopher Gilbert, Ph.D.
Morgan James Publishing (2021)
Reviewed by Amy Lignor for Reader Views (01/2022)
There are two items that claimed my attention when it came to this book. The first is the subtitle that the author added: “Reclaiming an Ethical World One Choice at a Time.” The second, however, was the horror I felt when I thought about how many people might snicker at that statement.
I say this because having the trust of others should at least be in our Constitution. Not only because it is a right and/or a freedom of human beings, but also because most of us are proud to be Americans. Gosh knows we have enough songs that reach the number one spot on the charts stating just that. The horror is the fact that I watch the news on a daily basis and the majority of what I see reported is how unethical some are showing themselves to be, whether it’s on a business, political or personal level. Instead of being trusted or working to earn trust, there are those who take the easy way out—which never succeeds without consequences—making the rest of us roll our eyes and guffaw at the fact that writers out there want to show us these errors and perhaps find a way to stop making them. I find this not at all humorous; I actually crave for the world to be ethical. I would love my grandchildren to want to be trusted, honest, and respectable people.
Using some of the author’s humor, which is wise to use even though it’s absolutely true, I know there are many who would also roll their eyes and state, “It’s hard to reclaim an ethical world when it was never one to begin with.” Until, of course, you talk about only animals roaming the planet who lived by the one belief that survival was for the fittest.
We’re back in a time period, although we never left, really, where lines are drawn. Bias, corruption, basic lying and hatred are all there. And there are those out there who wish to show their pain or annoyance by making bad decisions. Now is the time where trust is more important than ever. And this book explores the past and the present, opening the door to why it is people should stop ignoring what’s right in order to achieve what passes for success…something my own beloved grandma used to say.
Author, Christopher Gilbert, nabbed a series of awards for this particular book by putting together a collection of sorts: the words are inspirational, but they are woven with a series of personal tales, humor, and guidance for readers who want to find empowerment – that “fresh” look at how to grow as a person in order to make a better future for themselves and those around them. Perhaps if enough eyes were set on these pages, the excitement would grow and expand worldwide. (At least, that’s a nice idea to think about.)
At the core of his research are basic steps all humans are capable of taking and nine principles to live by, so to speak, that will cause people to believe in industry and each other once again. Reading with an open mind while the author speaks about these changes offers an energetic charge; it makes you think of your future decisions and how to cast out a world with no ethics or morality. However, you should note the author does not do this by shoving it down someone’s throat or using an ego of his own to outright say you’re wrong. This is inspirational and instructional knowledge but it is not a sermon.
The author did a very good job and certainly does inspire those who read his words and try to implement them in their own lives. The best and most respectful comment I can give to the author is that my grandma would be proud to be a Gilbert fan.