As A Man Thinketh
The book “As A Man Thinketh” by James Allen is a literary work that explores the notion of self-empowerment. The main ideas that Allen instills in readers revolve around different intellectual facet that make up a man’s interior character and exterior circumstances. The conscious and unconscious mind dictates the human character (Allen 4). According to Allen, the thoughts of individuals determine their overall personality. Allen further elaborates that circumstantial events do not make people but rather reveal their inner selves. However, I seemingly disagree with the purportedly heartless statement. Allen’s inference of the situation is a mistake.
The statement justifies the exploitation in the society by most powerful forces in the society. Allen clarifies that an individual’s success lies in the techniques applied in utilizing circumstances to spur growth. While some people may ponder over negativities of circumstances, others capitalize on such situations (Allen 4). Buddhism influences Allen’s perception regarding the attainment of emotional wellness. The most suitable path towards expressive wellness is tranquility of mind. Calmness of the mind is a product of self-control; thus, the book’s reference to tranquility is beneficial in achieving emotional fulfillment.
The most influential passage in reference to thoughts is the first paragraph in chapter four (Allen 13). Accomplishment only arises when thoughts align with specific purposes. In the first passage of chapter two, Allen offers (6) an analogy of a garden to represent the mind. Just as the human mind, gardens may yield good produce or weeds, depending on the seeds planted. The overriding theme in Allen’s book portrays the mind as the determinant of human success. Depending on how individuals steer their minds, emotional success or failure ensues.
Allen, James. As a Man Thinketh. Rockville, Md: Arc Manor, 2007. Print.