How to Be Less Human
How to Be Less Human
In his book How to be Less Human, Gilad Isach, a psychiatrist, physician and psychologist describes the process of “being human” in the light of art. He argues that we are social animals and have developed these behaviors and needs due to our survival instincts. Humans are sociable animals that live by the sweat of their brow and the life of their fellow man. “Being human” is one of the basic requirements of humanity.
In his book How to be Less Human, Gilad Isach describes some of the disorders associated with the “being human” syndrome and the need for early warning systems to protect ourselves from the dangers of threatening circumstances. He points out that early warning systems are not necessarily technological devices, but can be simple gestures like wearing a red cross around your neck, a red ribbon on your lapel, or a red crystal. These signals, according to Gilad, “should serve as a kind of security alarm for humanity, telling us when we should be more aware and taking more measures to preserve our values and our freedom.” According to Gilad, such early warning systems are also very effective in the prevention of disasters and calamities, because people tend to take them more seriously when they see flashing red lights or sirens going off. As he writes, “So the first bit of advice for the reader is to be less human.”
How to be Less Human offers some useful advice for businessmen too, who want to increase their personal power and influence in the global business world. In this book, Gilad Isach provides a clear insight into how businessmen can become more powerful and successful. According to Gilad, the key to building personal power is the ability to generate early action and follow-through. For instance, if a businessman wants to get on a plane to a business conference, he must do all he can to make himself look presentable and well-groomed. “If you have bad hair, you’re not going to be able to generate the early action needed to influence the decision makers,” says Gilad.