Provocative and at times incendiary, “Escaping Culture – Finding Your Place in the World” challenges readers to rethink societal hierarchies and philosophical questions. How do we define culture, race, ethnicity, spirituality and identity? How do we find meaning and purpose? How do we better relate to each other? How do we define morality? How do we interpret our mortality? How do we interact with the world around us? How do we control, enhance and empower our lives? How do we find our place in the world?

In a socially fractured world filled with people seeking answers to higher consciousness and meaning, it offers as testimony, an authentic telling of cultural rebellion, humor and heart rendering anecdotes. And of life discovered, marinated in an introspective stew of indulgence, compassion, and redemption.

Escaping Culture Printed Book

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