The winner of Phoebe Baker Hyde’s book The Beauty Experiment is Rose Carla.
Rose started subscribing by email to Diamond-Cut Life this past month (all new email subscribers are entered in any given drawing, along with all existing subscribers who ask to be entered). I used an online random number generator to draw the winner.
Every month or two I give away a book that offers its own take on how to be rich in what matters. The next book I’m giving away is The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond. (Mr. Diamond won the Pulitzer prize for his book” Guns, Germs and Steel”.)
This book answers the question: What can we learn from traditional societies? I gave myself “The World Until Yesterday” for Christmas, and spent much of my holiday time reading it, wide-eyed. My favorite chapter is the one that describes how two families in Papua New Guinea practiced reconciliation after a young boy was killed in a car accident. Rather than the adversarial legal process of the modern world, the family who had lost their son met with the family of the driver that had killed their son. They had a formal ritual that involved speeches of grief, apology and forgiveness. The grieving family was given something called “sorry-money”, intended to help share in the loss of what had happened. Everyone involved was sad, and most were crying.
I don’t know about you, but I would rather be part of the above ritual than the legal proceedings I would go through in the U.S. after an accidental death. However, I’d prefer those modern-world legal proceedings to the revenge killings that often happen in traditional societies after the death of a loved one. The beauty of The World Until Yesterday is that its author is clear-eyed about both modern societies and traditional ones. He sees the problems and advantages of each, and encourages us to make conscious choices on how we want to craft our own lives.
I see those clear-eyed choices on how we want to live as being the crux of a diamond-cut life, the key way we become rich in what matters.
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