shines a light on our mental habit of thinking in “boxes” – the authors’ lucid metaphor for the generalisations, classifications, and stereotypes that shape our thoughts and, ultimately, our lives. We are living in turbulent times. Conflict and social unrest seem to be everywhere, and rapid technological changes are only adding to the cultural upheavals. Uncertainty – about the future, about ourselves – looms large in the collective consciousness of humanity. But is there a realistic path towards liberation, peace, and happiness for us all?
Yes, there is – according to the authors of The Story of Boxes. The issue is that we all have a tendency to think in boxes – mentally placing people, ideas, and even objects (like underpants!) into rigid categories. Some of these categories – or “boxes” – are good. They are a source of joy and comfort. Others are bad – responsible for creating immense pain, isolation, and division in the world. And others? They’re just plain ugly!
Once you become aware of the boxes that rule your personal life, the authors say, you can break out of box-based thinking and live a life that’s freer and happier. You are no longer caged in by the walls of mental boxes.
By investigating our unconscious and conscious boxes – and sharing inspirational stories and easy-to-grasp examples – this always cogent, sometimes funny book gives you a new way of thinking about reality.
The book explores some of humanity’s most salient and enduring boxes, including gender, race, sexuality, religion, and class – and gives you a key to unlock the boxes in your own mind.