One of the most profound chapters is a short essay entitled: "When Life Was Full There Was No History"
'In the age when life on earth was full, no one paid any special attention to worthy men, nor did they single out the man of ability. Rulers were simply the highest branches on the tree, and the people were like deer in the woods. They were honest and righteous without realizing they were 'doing their duty.' They loved each other and did not know that this was 'love of neighbor.' They deceived no one yet they did not know they were 'men to be trusted.' They were reliable and did not know that this was 'good faith.' They lived freely together giving and taking, and did not know that they were generous. For this reason their deeds have not been narrated. They made no history."
I love this because it points out so well what I feel our main problem is today in society. Individualism. We are so "self aware" that we have lost the concept of living together. In the home, at church, at our jobs and in politics, it is the individual that has rights and seeks salvation and glory. While we have concepts of community, they are really communities of individuals. Most of the great ancient scriptures speak of putting others above ourselves - humilty through love. Only if we can shed religion, politics, nationalism and consumerism can love through humility change from being a goal to being a natural outcome of charchter without fanfare.
I highly recommend this book. It will help you see beyond yourself.
Pops Blair, 2008